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Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear; Isabelle Arsenault, illus. (Kids Can Press)

Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear; Isabelle Arsenault, illus. (Kids Can Press)
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Could anyone have foreseen how divisive this seemingly innocuous picture book would turn out to be? Based indirectly on Virginia Woolf and her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, the story tells of a girl who is in a wolfish mood (that would be Virginia), and how her artistically inclined sister uses the power of imagination to help lift her out of her doldrums. <br /> <p> Sounds simple enough, but reactions to the book were surprisingly vehement. Some found the premise abhorrent: how could author Kyo Maclear base a children's story on a woman who was tormented by mental illness and eventually committed suicide? Others came to its defence, pointing out the strong writing and gorgeous (Governor General's Literary Award“nominated) illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, and the fact that the intended audience “ young children “ would carry none of adult readers' hang-ups into their experience of the story. <br /> </p><p> Love it or hate it, there's no denying Maclear and Arsenault's tale of sisterly support made an impact this year.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/1554536499/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=1554536499&linkCode=as2&tag=quillquire-20">Buy this book</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.ca/e/ir?t=quillquire-20&l=as2&o=15&a=1554536499" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important;margin:0px !important" /></p>
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Could anyone have foreseen how divisive this seemingly innocuous picture book would turn out to be? Based indirectly on Virginia Woolf and her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, the story tells of a girl who is in a wolfish mood (that would be Virginia), and how her artistically inclined sister uses the power of imagination to help lift her out of her doldrums.

Sounds simple enough, but reactions to the book were surprisingly vehement. Some found the premise abhorrent: how could author Kyo Maclear base a children’s story on a woman who was tormented by mental illness and eventually committed suicide? Others came to its defence, pointing out the strong writing and gorgeous (Governor General’s Literary Award“nominated) illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, and the fact that the intended audience “ young children “ would carry none of adult readers’ hang-ups into their experience of the story.

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying Maclear and Arsenault’s tale of sisterly support made an impact this year.

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Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear; Isabelle Arsenault, illus. (Kids Can Press)

Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear; Isabelle Arsenault, illus. (Kids Can Press)
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Could anyone have foreseen how divisive this seemingly innocuous picture book would turn out to be? Based indirectly on Virginia Woolf and her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, the story tells of a girl who is in a “wolfish” mood (that would be Virginia), and how her artistically inclined sister uses the power of imagination to help lift her out of her doldrums.<br /> <p> Sounds simple enough, but reactions to the book were surprisingly vehement. Some found the premise abhorrent: how could author Kyo Maclear base a children’s story on a woman who was tormented by mental illness and eventually committed suicide? Others came to its defence, pointing out the strong writing and gorgeous (Governor General’s Literary Award–nominated) illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, and the fact that the intended audience – young children – would carry none of adult readers’ hang-ups into their experience of the story.<br /> </p><p> Love it or hate it, there’s no denying Maclear and Arsenault’s tale of sisterly support made an impact this year.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/1554536499/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=1554536499&linkCode=as2&tag=quillquire-20">Buy this book</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.ca/e/ir?t=quillquire-20&l=as2&o=15&a=1554536499" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important;margin:0px !important" /></p>
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Could anyone have foreseen how divisive this seemingly innocuous picture book would turn out to be? Based indirectly on Virginia Woolf and her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, the story tells of a girl who is in a “wolfish” mood (that would be Virginia), and how her artistically inclined sister uses the power of imagination to help lift her out of her doldrums.

Sounds simple enough, but reactions to the book were surprisingly vehement. Some found the premise abhorrent: how could author Kyo Maclear base a children’s story on a woman who was tormented by mental illness and eventually committed suicide? Others came to its defence, pointing out the strong writing and gorgeous (Governor General’s Literary Award–nominated) illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, and the fact that the intended audience – young children – would carry none of adult readers’ hang-ups into their experience of the story.

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying Maclear and Arsenault’s tale of sisterly support made an impact this year.

Buy this book