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Stan Rogers (1949-1983) was a gifted Canadian musician whose fame is known throughout the English-speaking world of folk music. He began his musical career as a teen, playing as a rock bassist, and then started writing songs about his Maritime roots, which were recorded on his first album, Fogarty s Cove. He had a talent for writing about the Canadian experience about the people who worked on farms, and in mines and fisheries across the country. He traveled frequently during the last years of his life and tragically died in an airline fire. The Canadian Conference of the Arts posthumously awarded Stan Rogers the Diplome d Honneur. The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals awarded him the Estelle Klein Lifetime Achievement Award, and SOCAN, a National Lifetime Achievement Award. Rogers music has been nominated twice for a Juno Award. The musical A Matter of Heart features Stan Rogers songs and stories, which continue to move people young and old. Matt James is a noted painter, illustrator and musician. His first picture book, Yellow Moon, Apple Moon by Pamela Porter, won the New Mexico Book Award and was a finalist for a Governor General s Award. I Know Here by Laurel Croza, won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and was a finalist for the Governor General s Award, the TD Canadian Children s Literature Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children s Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator s Award. Matt has most recently illustrated Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers. He lives in Toronto. www.mattjames.ca"

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Praise for I Know Here: "[S]imple and profound." The New York Times" Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration A Kirkus Best Book Finalist for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award "This stunning portrayal of early efforts to explore Canada s Northwest Passage presents Rogers 1981 song in combination with glorious illustrations . . . Both realistic and allusive, these images are as haunting as the song." Kirkus, starred review "For a unique and exquisite view of the story of explorers search for a safe passage through the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific, look no further than this beautifully crafted title inspired by a well-known Canadian folk song." School Library Journal, starred review "[T]he sweep of James s paintings is spectacular; the invitation to 'make a Northwest Passage to the sea, ' irresistible." Horn Book "This is a dynamicandoriginal introduction to the age of exploration." Library Media Connections" Praise for "I Know Here: " "[S]imple and profound." "The New York Times"" Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration A Kirkus Best Book Finalist for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award "This stunning portrayal of early efforts to explore Canada s Northwest Passage presents Rogers 1981 song in combination with glorious illustrations . . . Both realistic and allusive, these images are as haunting as the song." "Kirkus," starred review "For a unique and exquisite view of the story of explorers search for a safe passage through the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific, look no further than this beautifully crafted title inspired by a well-known Canadian folk song." "School Library Journal," starred review "[T]he sweep of James s paintings is spectacular; the invitation to 'make a Northwest Passage to the sea, ' irresistible." "Horn Book" "This is a dynamicandoriginal introduction to the age of exploration." "Library Media Connections""

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