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Christmas books for children

The Story

Barbara Reid is a picture book illustrator like no other. Her medium is a multicoloured array of Plasticine, which she uses to create rich three-dimensional tableaus adored by children and adults alike. Reid's latest work is among the books featured in this 1992 clip in which arts reporter Laurie Brown gives CBC-TV viewers tips on how to choose children's books. An I Spy book and a detailed history of Canada for young people are among her picks for this Christmas.

Medium: Television
Program: Prime Time News
Broadcast Date: Dec. 11, 1992
Guest(s): Marie Campbell, Janet Lunn, Wendy Marshall, Christopher Moore , Barbara Reid
Host: Pamela Wallin
Reporter: Laurie Brown
Duration: 11:08
I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles. By Jean Marzollo, photographs and illustrations by Walter Wick. Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. The Story of Canada. By Christopher Moore and Janet Lunn, illustrations by Alan Daniel. Publisher: Key Porter Books Ltd. Alice. By Whoopi Goldberg, illustrations by John Rocco. Publisher: Bantam Books. Two By Two. Written and illustrated by Barbara Reid. Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd.

Did You know?

• In 2008 Barbara Reid continued to live and work in Toronto as an author and illustrator. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Governor General's Award for English language children's illustration in 1997.

• Plasticine was invented in 1897 by an English art teacher, William Harbutt, for use by his sculpting students. Harbutt later patented the clay material and opened a factory to sell it commercially; it first went on sale to the public in 1908.




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