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. Volume XVIII Number 13. . . .November 25, 2011
Sarah and her brother Michael are not pleased to learn they will be spending Christmas "down home" in Newfoundland with their Nan and Pop. Once there, though, they quickly discover an outport Christmas is an experience worth repeating. They go snowshoeing to cut down their own Christmas tree, are pulled in a sleigh by a Newfoundland pony, host visiting mummers and much, much more. They develop a taste for Nan's homemade raisin bread and toutons, and they are surprised to find even Christmas dinner is different with the addition of salt beef, pease pudding and figgy duff.
Author Dawn Baker has created a lovely picture book that showcases her outstanding artistic abilities. Her prints of outport Newfoundland scenes are sought-after in her home province (she has depicted some of her pictures in Nan & Pop's house), and this book is an excellent representation of her style. The compositions have a clean, uncluttered look that focuses attention on the central figures, and she incorporates iconic images of Newfoundland culture throughout. The story is more of a venue for the art, but it is nicely done. and where local words or phrases are used, the text is bolded and described in a glossary at the back.
Alison Mews, a recently retired librarian, lives in St. John's, NL.
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