EMWF Kids’ Reads

A Tulip in Winter

Written by Kathy Stinson
Illustrated by Lauren Soloy
Published by Greystone Kids

Ages: 4-8

A book review by Emma, EMWF Festival Assistant

A Tulip in Winter

This story teaches kids to pursue their passions even when faced with difficulty. 

Hi Emma! Can you tell us what this book is about?

This picture book is about the life of the Canadian folk artist, Maud Lewis. Her life was more difficult than most as she suffered from severe and painful rheumatoid arthritis. Despite this, Maud saw the beauty in everything around her. She painted the beautiful world on her whole house. 

What do you like about this book?

I like that this book is both visually stunning and educational! I had never heard of Maud Lewis before, so this book was a delightful introduction! As a cat lover, I also love all the illustrations of cats! 

What is your favourite part of the story?

My favourite part of the story is when Everett puts Maud into a wheelbarrow so that he may take her outside. These pages show off how beautiful Maud’s house looked from the outside. I think kids will think Maud in the wheelbarrow is funny (even if sad.)

What do you like about the illustrations?

I love that the illustrations are drawn in the same style as Maud Lewis’ art!

Why should kids read this book?

Kids should read this book to learn more about a Canadian historical figure. This story also teaches kids to pursue their passions even when faced with difficulty. 

If you could ask the author or illustrator a question, what would it be?

Have you ever visited Maud Lewis’ house in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia? 

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