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Capturing Joy: The Story of Maud Lewis by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Mark Lang

$10.99

Capturing Joy: The Story of Maud Lewis by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Mark Lang

$10.99

Maud Lewis was born into a loving Nova Scotia family. When her parents died and she was forced to find her own way in the world, she married and set up a modest household in a small cabin. Despite the hardships she faced, she found joy in her life, which she expressed through her art. She painted canvases of animals, children, and her surroundings. Her art spilled over into everything from dustpans to the walls of her house. Lewis died in 1970, but her work is now treasured by people all over the world.

Selected praise:

“More than an account of a fascinating life, Bogart’s introduction to this Canadian painter is a lesson in self-determination…A lovely and inspiring book.”
School Library Journal

“Jo Ellen Bogart tells Lewis’ story with empathy and insight…”
Quill & Quire

“…the young reader is never overwhelmed with biographical detail, but is left free to absorb the essentials of Maud’s life little by little. Soft-edge pencil drawings by Mark Lang add welcome additional details to this excellent picture biography.”
CITY Parent

“…an exceptional book.”
Winnipeg Free Press

“It is a particular pleasure to read how Bogart deals with the ‘artistic’ aspect of the book – discussing Lewis’ style in a meaningful way…The book deliciously treats readers to views of 13 of Lewis’ riotously delightful tableaux… [Lang’s] realistic drawings in pencil provide a gentle visual commentary about Lewis’ life.”
The Guelph Mercury

“Bogart handles the story of Lewis’s difficult and impoverished life with great tact. Her declarative style says more than the mere words ever could…a lovely picture book…[that] will inspire curiosity about and admiration for this remarkable woman.”
The Telegram

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