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Canadian geography, Canadian history, Canadian heritage, Canadian poetry, Canadian culture, Canadian diversity, Canadian education

A Poetic Landscape
by Cynthia McLaren

Canada: A Poetic Landscape is a well-considered, joy-filled journey into the vast splendour of the Canadian landscape, its history and heritage, crafted through the lens of an artist turned poet.

Experience every province and territory, the book imparts lesser-known information about Canada through colourful, detailed, and whimsical paintings alongside culturally themed stories expressed in verse. From totem poles and inukshuks to the fur trade and the gold rush, from cottage country and maple syrup to high tides and sculptured rocks, from a long history of war to the land cradled on the waves, this book is rich with the uniqueness of each province and territory.

Canada: A Poetic Landscape offers an alternative or addition to the map-colouring and memorization of provinces taught in most schools, and provides a more comprehensive understanding of geography and history. Written primarily for children aged ten years and older, this book will inspire readers, young and old, to want to learn more about and experience more of Canada.

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Born and raised in the small town of Picton, Ontario, Cynthia McLaren left home in her early twenties to discover Canada’s diverse landscape, people, and history. Her passions for the outdoors, photography, and art have influenced her twenty-year career in graphic design, reflected in many of her paintings.

With a great appreciation for the country she calls home, Cynthia was inspired to create this collection to offer another means to educate and inspire people to fully realize and appreciate how great Canada is. In creating Canada: A Poetic Landscape, Cynthia spent two years researching every province and territory of Canada, and she hopes to connect with readers, young and old, through her vision of art and poetry that resonates with every part of Canada.

Living on Vancouver Island for several years before settling in Alberta, Cynthia McLaren resides in Edmonton, Alberta, with her husband Paul, her children, Heather and Adam, and her twenty-year-old cat, Star. Canada: A Poetic Landscape is her first book.


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