You donít have to come from Newfoundland to appreciate it as a unique and wonderful place Ė the first land to see the break of day in North America. The sentiments in Ode to Newfoundland reflect the peoplesí relationship with the sea, the weather, and the rugged terrain. Written by Sir Cavendish Boyle, governor of Newfoundland from 1901 to 1904, and set to music composed by Sir C. Hubert H. Parry, Ode to Newfoundland is a tribute to a small land with an enormous heart.
In this new book, Newfoundland-born Geoff Butler has set this well-loved anthem to joyous paintings, and provides readers with intriguing facts about the province: did you know, for example, that according to the Flat Earth Society, Brimstone Head on Fogo Island, is one of the four corners of the earth?
With the Odeís full text and music, and with extensive notes about Newfoundland, this informative book is one to treasure by everyone who has been touched by the magic of The Rock.
Geoff Butler was born and grew up on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. He saw much of his native province while traveling with his minister father to different outports. He moved to Nova Scotia in 1976 to work in the local public school, and has been painting full time since 1980. Geoff Butler has won the Ruth Schwartz Childrenís Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor Generalís Award for Illustration. He lives in Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia with his wife and children.
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