Cremation of Sam McGee

Cremation of Sam McGee

Book - 1986
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Publisher: Toronto, ON : Kids Can Press, 1986
Edition: 1st. ed.
Characteristics: unpaged : ill.

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susan_findlay
Jul 18, 2017

Poetry is not usually my thing, but this book is just a work of art.

I love the meter. The way the words roll, each one perfectly chosen. I love the fact that it rhymes. (I know that poetry doesn't have to, but the stuff that doesn't rarely feels poetic to me). And I love how the rhymes just fall naturally in the middle of sentences. So much thought went into every word choice and placement! But it doesn't feel like that. It's like watching an expert athlete. All the hard work they put in makes the final product look effortless.

I also need to credit the beautiful illustrations of Ted Harrison which do a lovely job of setting the scene, using colour in remarkable ways.

Highly recommend this short but beautiful book.

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glenna14
Nov 09, 2016

The illustrations are what make this book a national treasure. Every home should have a hard copy of this beautiful poem.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 13, 2010

A legend from the days of the Yukon Gold Rush about what the Arctic cold can do to a man. Grade 4 - 12

quagga Feb 26, 2010

A legend from the days of the Yukon Gold Rush about what the Arctic cold can do to a man.

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DavidB
Jan 05, 2009

The Nothern Lights have seen queer sights but the queerest they ever did see, was that night on the marge of Lake Laberge I cremated Sam McGee

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DavidB
Jan 02, 2009

The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Labarge
I cremated Sam McGee.

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quagga Feb 26, 2010

quagga thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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