Seasons Before the War

Illustrated by: Brita Granström

Originally written for a Christmas concert given by internationally-renowned children’s choir Shallaway, Bernice Morgan’s Seasons Before the War is a delightful, unsentimental remembrance of growing up in St. John’s, Newfoundland just before the city, and the world, changed irrevocably with the advent of WWII.

This slightly fictionalized telling explores the delights of every day and of each season: how Bernice and her siblings played and passed their time?watching the fire trucks put out fires at the dump, going for messages at the local shops, listening to stories by the kitchen stove?and the bigger moments of starting school, and anticipating Christmas. Charged with the bright wonder of a child’s view, the book nevertheless contains the shadow of change; although mentioned only in the book’s title, war and its implications for childhood hang quietly over all.

Painted illustrations, by acclaimed UK-based illustrator Brita Granstr?m, beautifully capture the sweet nostalgia of Morgan’s words and the joys of childhood. Soft and playful, yet detailed and accurate, the illustrations add immeasurably to the book, making it as much an art book as a storybook.

With beautiful paper, thoughtful design, and exceptional production values, this is a book to be shared between generations, and to be treasured.

AUTHOR

Brita Granström

Swedish-born Brita Granström is a painter and illustrator. She has illustrated dozens of children’s books, usually in collaboration with her partner Mick Manning. Their most recent publications include Books, Books, Books (published in conjunction with the British Library) and The Brontes. Brita has received numerous accolades, including two nominations for the Astrid Lindgren Award, one of children’s literature’s most prestigious international prizes. She lives in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England.

Awards

  • BMO Winterset Award 2018, Long-listed
  • CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards – Children’s/Juvenile’s (Non-Fiction) 2020, Nominated
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    Originally written for a Christmas concert given by internationally-renowned children’s choir Shallaway, Bernice Morgan’s Seasons Before the War is a delightful, unsentimental remembrance of growing up in St. John’s, Newfoundland just before the city, and the world, changed irrevocably with the advent of WWII.

    This slightly fictionalized telling explores the delights of every day and of each season: how Bernice and her siblings played and passed their time?watching the fire trucks put out fires at the dump, going for messages at the local shops, listening to stories by the kitchen stove?and the bigger moments of starting school, and anticipating Christmas. Charged with the bright wonder of a child’s view, the book nevertheless contains the shadow of change; although mentioned only in the book’s title, war and its implications for childhood hang quietly over all.

    Painted illustrations, by acclaimed UK-based illustrator Brita Granstr?m, beautifully capture the sweet nostalgia of Morgan’s words and the joys of childhood. Soft and playful, yet detailed and accurate, the illustrations add immeasurably to the book, making it as much an art book as a storybook.

    With beautiful paper, thoughtful design, and exceptional production values, this is a book to be shared between generations, and to be treasured.

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    Dimensions:

    48 Pages
    9.5in * 12in * 0.5in
    580gr

    Published:

    November 01, 2018

    City of Publication:

    Tors Cove

    Country of Publication:

    CA

    Publisher:

    Running the Goat

    ISBN:

    9781927917183

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    Language:

    eng

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