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The Lady of Shalott
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Genevi ve C t is a Montreal artist whose illustrations have graced the pages of publications such as the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Her books have received three nominations for the Governor General's Award for Illustration, one of which went on to win, and she has also won the Elisabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award.

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Gr 7 Up The beauty and mystery of Tennyson's poem are reflected in the black-and-white, simple line and wash drawings of this master British illustrator. Through fluid, delicate line, readers see the causeway path to Shalott streaming with villagers and carters; passing knights; reapers in moonlit fields. Then the enigmatic lady is shown, as is her bolting outside after the dazzling Lancelot has passed in her mirror. The stormy skies at nightfall and the wind streaming her hair are wonderfully felt. The illustrations have a muted earthiness that helps place the pictured events in the realm of fancy; the unknowing Lancelot's few words of sympathy add the grace note to the close, where Keeping's cluster of knights' faces seem more human than traditionally heroic. The endpapers view the lady from above, lying in the boat as ``singing in her song she died.'' Several typos mar the text, but where a single illustrated poem can be used, this is a good if stark production. Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Library, Tex.

Cote's quiet line-and-watercolor and pastel artwork opens up the story, preserving the romance and mystery.--Booklist Fans will be born of both Tennyson and Cote.--School Library Journal Though the poem traditionally takes us on a woman's tragic journey toward death, the artist sees it as a happy journey toward independence.--Washington Post [L]impid and lovely.--The Globe and Mail A classic poem, in an unconventional but sensitive and suitable setting.--Kirkus Reviews

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