The Cremation of Sam McGee

In 1986 Kids Can Press published an edition of Robert Service s The Cremation of Sam McGee illustrated by painter Ted Harrison, who used his signature broad brushstrokes and unconventional choice of color to bring this gritty narrative poem to life Evoking both the spare beauty and the mournful solitude of the Yukon landscape, Harrison s paintings proved the perfect matIn 1986 Kids Can Press published an edition of Robert Service s The Cremation of Sam McGee illustrated by painter Ted Harrison, who used his signature broad brushstrokes and unconventional choice of color to bring this gritty narrative poem to life Evoking both the spare beauty and the mournful solitude of the Yukon landscape, Harrison s paintings proved the perfect match for Service s masterpiece about a doomed prospector adrift in a harsh land Harrison s Illustrator s Notes on each page enhanced both poem and illustrations by adding valuable historical background Upon its original publication, many recognized the book as an innovative approach to illustrating poetry for children For years The Cremation of Sam McGee has stood out as a publishing landmark, losing none of its appeal both as a read aloud and as a work of art Kids Can Press proudly publishes this deluxe hardcover twentieth anniversary edition complete with a spot varnished cover, new cover art and heavy coated stock of a book that remains as entrancing as a night sky alive with the vibrant glow of the Northern Lights.
The Cremation of Sam McGee In Kids Can Press published an edition of Robert Service s The Cremation of Sam McGee illustrated by painter Ted Harrison who used his signature broad brushstrokes and unconventional choice of c

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Robert W. Service TedHarrison Pierre Berton

Robert William Service was born into a Scottish family while they were living in Preston, England He was schooled in Scotland, attending Hillhead High School in Glasgow He moved to Canada at the age of 21 when he gave up his job working in a Glasgow bank, and traveled to Vancouver Island, British Columbia with his Buffalo Bill outfit and dreams of becoming a cowboy He drifted around western North America, taking and quitting a series of jobs Hired by the Canadian Bank of Commerce, he worked in a number of its branches before being posted to the branch in Whitehorse not Dawson in the Yukon Territory in 1904, six years after the Klondike Gold Rush Inspired by the vast beauty of the Yukon wilderness, Service began writing poetry about the things he saw Conversations with locals led him to write about things he hadn t seen, many of which hadn t actually happened, as well He did not set foot in Dawson City until 1908, arriving in the Klondike ten years after the Gold Rush, but his renown as a writer was already established.For information, please see enpedia wiki Robert_W._Service.

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  • Randal said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    Along with "The Shooting of Dan McGrew," this was my introduction to the fact books could be / were written about the North. While Hazelton B.C. isn't as far north as Lake Lafarge, in the days before the Stewart-Cassiar highway, it was closer to the Yukon in spirit than any other place I've been since.A beloved favorite of my childhood.

  • Reading Reindeer said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    This fantastic poem makes fervently-solitary me want to have children just so I can read this to them with a loud voice and exaggerated rhythm. It demands to be read aloud. This is the most fun poem I have ever read. I bought this large, hardcover edition at full retail price in a specialty kids' store because I saw it and had to have it, $20 for 124 lines of poetry or no.The Cremation of Sam McGee is a Canadian classic, though how likely kids in other countries are to be taught it I don't know. [...]

  • Melissa said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    I read this as a kid and it has always stuck with me though I forgot the poem. I am glad I reread it though since it is a good poem and one I will read again in the future.

  • Sarah said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    My great grandfather would recite this book - and it is a story to be told aloud. This poem was written in 1907. It's always interesting reading something from generations ago. The perspective is always more raw, direct, and I think it can be a refreshing change for children.

  • Cheryl said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    The Cremation of Sam McGee is one of my all-time favourite poems and the artwork in this edition by Ted Harrison makes this particular book one of my favourite possessions. Pierre Burton's introduction outlines why Harrison and Service are particularly well-matched, both being from England and each separately falling in love with the Yukon. Service's poem provided one of my earliest encounters with dark humour and decades later, it still resonates; just to hear the opening lines, "There are stra [...]

  • Judy said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    Finally! I've read something by Robert Service. And the art complements the poem beautifully. This is definitely a keeper.

  • Veronica said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    “There are strange things done/in the midnight sun/By the men who moil for gold/The Arctic trails have their secret tales/That would make your blood run cold/The Northern Lights/ have seen queer sights/But the queerest they ever did see/Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge/I cremated Sam McGee.”Brrrr. One of my favourite poems that my dad read aloud to me when I was little. Bedtime stories were my dad’s jam, and maybe it’s the Irish blood in his veins, but he was (is) a master sto [...]

  • Susan said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    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 t [...]

  • Edmund Davis-Quinn said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    These didn't grab me at all. I prefer stuff by Jack London for how hard it was to be in the Klondike Gold Rush at the turn of the 20th Century. I read a different edition with art by Mariken Van Nimwegen.

  • Charlene said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    It was interesting

  • JulieLaLa said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    Good poem, good rhyming pattern, excellent illustrations.

  • Julia said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    Alright I am slightly confused about this poem, which isn't a good thing to one who read it so many times. This is one of those epic poems that tell a story and is of such clear opinion that it is included in almost every classic poetry anthology and included in many an older school day curriculum when it comes to poetry but this isn't the name that I remember nor do I remember all the verses that I just read over. Is it possible they have dumbed it down and made it much reader-friendly at one p [...]

  • David said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    In this classic 1907 poem, Robert Service tells the story of Sam McGee who finds himself deep in the Canadian Arctic, dreaming of his home in Tennessee. The night prior to his death the title character, who is from the fictional town of Plumtree, Tennessee, asks the narrator "to swear that, foul or fair, you'll cremate my last remains". The narrator knows that "A pal's last need is a thing to heed", and swears he will not fail to cremate him. After McGee dies the following day, the narrator wind [...]

  • Andrea said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    The rhythm in Service's book very strong. This rhythm made the reader want to continue reading and turning the pages. There was a strong beat, and a solid use of rhyming. These elements combined created a fun and upbeat tone of the poem, although the actual content was a little bit odd. The story is about two men's very cold journey through the Yukon, and one man (Sam McGee) dies. His last wish is to be cremated, which the other man carries out. While the man is cremating Sam, he checks the furn [...]

  • **✿❀ Maki ❀✿** said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    I doubt I'll ever be able to forget this poem. My sixth grade reading teacher made the entire class memorize it, and then would call on us in a random order to recite one line at a time. I had to have read the thing a good hundred times, so that I'd never be stuck, no matter where I got called on in the poem's progression.Every time I think I've managed to forget the poem, it'll pop back in my head.These days, I use it as one of the longer pieces I've got memorized to recite to my daughter as I' [...]

  • The Styling Librarian said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service, paintings by Ted Harrison - I love this poem. I grew up in Alaska and attended Robert Service High School with a father who did poetry recitations of many of Service's poems. Loved the gorgeous illustrations and was honestly thrilled to finally see the illustrations. I heard about this book six years ago but after trying to special order it, never was able to hold it until now! Who knew I'd have to live in Hong Kong to finally see the interpretati [...]

  • Shauna said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    This is a very rhythmic poem, and it is very funny to! I think this is best suited to youbger children, although it can be enjoyed by all ages. Thisi book can almost be sung, it has such perfect rhyme. The illustrations are what really grabs my attention though. They are in an abstract style that is very stylized in my opinion. I haven't seen many kids book illustrated this way, and I think kids will enjoy the artwork just as much as they enjoy hearing the silly poem.

  • Raelene said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    My father read this poem to us kids one Christmas and it became an indelible memory. I remember how he "mushed" the dogs on (we got to act that part out). I loved it so much that I chose to memorize and perform it for an assignment in grade 5. Of course, I can't forget my mother's coaching "E-nun-ciate your words," "This is dramatic, make it SOUND like it's a life-and-death issue" and maybe that's a part of my nostalgic love of this classic Service poem.

  • Brent said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    On a morning full of winter storms, I enjoyed thinking of this narrative poem recited in the voice of my late bandmate and friend Gerry Cox, after his daughter posted it amidst all the inclement weather. I found Johnny Cash's recitation of the poem, accompanied by illustrations from this edition, posted on YouTube here youtu/wGhFNYll_mURecommended.

  • Kelsey said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    This classic poem has been released as a twentieth anniversary edition with excellent illustrations. Children will enjoy the rhythm of the poem and the vivid imagery and humor. It would be appropriate to share as a read aloud with children between five and seven. Older children may enjoy reading it independently.

  • Amber the Human said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    I was at the library picking up some other children's books when I saw this one poking out from above the others (it's very tall). "What," I asked myself, "is a children's book doing with the word cremation in its title?" But after starting to read it, I saw. Interesting still maybe a rough concept for kids.

  • Becky said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    My father used to recite this poem from beginning to end at the campfire. It always gave me chills. I’m currently in the process of trying to memorize so I can do the same thing with my friends. It’s such a great story, I’ll always smile when I hear it, and get goose bumps.

  • Wendy Orr said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    The combination of a quirky, historical, wonderful read-aloud ballad (one of my favourites) with the vibrant paintings of Ted Harrison (one of my favourite painters) - what's not to like? It brings me joy every time I read it.

  • Arjay said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    Bold colours outlined by solid, confident lines The illustrations truly draw you in, with all their wonderful simplicity. Here's a beautiful reading of the poem by Johnny Cash, accompanied by Ted Harrison's illustrations: youtube/watch?v=wGhFNY

  • Martina said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    This is a nice picture book written in rhyme. I use it with my students when introducing my poetry unit so students can feel the rhythm used in many poems. The story is a little unique, and usually students enjoy this story.

  • Jim said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    Like Casey at the Bat and The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The Cremation of Sam McGee is made to be read aloud. This poem is delightful, and the vivid illustrations by Ted Harrison, who makes his home in the Yukon Territory, are excellent.

  • Stephen Bruce said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    An evocative and rhythmic poem, perfect for reading out loud around a campfire. Check out Johnny Cash's recitation. Makes me want to read some more Jack London and other books about the North.

  • Andrew said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. I felt like a little kid again.

  • Rob said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    The colours and words ring vividly in my head even though I haven't read it in ten years. Like the Canadian version of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

  • Elaine said:
    Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 AM

    Me and my Dad memorized this poem!

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