Emily Carr and Raven


This is a fresh perspective on the life of Emily Carr written for the Young Adult reader and upwards. The story recounts how she is born into this world as a tree soul. But she forgets her true origins, and her life journey is tinged with heartache and longing, although she does not know for what. She is determined to become a painter but it takes time before she knows what it is she wants to paint. It is only when she visits Alaska and sees the magnificent totem poles of the Tlingllt and Haida Nations that her painting becomes inspired. Yet a struggle lies ahead. She is almost at the point of giving up when Raven comes to her in a dream and takes her to the Kingdom of the Light. Finally she connects with the Spirit Realm of Nature, and her paintings take off with an audacious new energy. Preview this book [PDF]

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Softback with French folds
Weight: 370 g
Length: 96 pages
ISBN 10: 0995491224
ISBN 13: 978-0995491229
Dimensions: 18 x 1.01 x 22.5 cm

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Written for Young Adults and older, this magical story about Canadian artist Emily Carr is based on a blend of fantasy and fact. It starts with her beloved trees. The trees call her “the little rebel” and predict that her desire to live in the human realm will make her life difficult. As an innate tree soul, she will not understand human society but neither will she remember her true origins. Her dearest wish is to become a painter. Emily’s life is a fable of courage and tenacity. As an art teacher, one of her favourite sayings was “SCRAPE!” Whenever her pupils heard her say this, they knew that she meant them to begin all over again. Emily was never afraid to do this herself. The story explores the many different beginnings that she made on her life’s journey, eventually to find her own unique style of painting, and to re-discover her tree soul. The text is richly informed by Emily’s own writings and further fleshed out with stories from the First Nations of Canada’s West Coast. The character of Raven is drawn from one of these stories. He is the one who reaches out to Emily when she is at her lowest ebb. He takes her to the place where only dreamers can go. Her spirit is revived and her paintings are filled with a new energy. Her last paintings of the forest of British Columbia are a luminous dance of brush strokes that weave together a panoply of trunk, foliage and lIght.

This book is a wonderful educational tool. As one High School teacher put it, “There are so many overtones and imbedded symbolism on themes of understanding, appreciation of differences, obstacles to overcome, strength, persistence and feminism. I really think it would be a great fit for our junior English classes.”

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Weight .370 kg