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Go Home Bay

Milelli, Pascal (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2016. 32 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9781554987016 (hardcover)
9781554987023 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Helen is whiling away her summer, reading and rowing “through the long and away/June, July days,” when the artist Tom Thomson comes to stay with her family. Thomson fishes, paddles and paints. He also teaches Helen how to paint, showing her how to look for colours, how to render the shape and texture of wildflowers, how to capture the wind bending branches over the water: “He guides my hand./He guides my eye,” she notes. The painter’s visit washes over the summer, and “one day/he paddles off/in the gray-blue canoe.”

The narrative is written in free verse, using simple vocabulary and poetic devices such as rhyme and syntactical inversion. As befits a book about the artist who shaped the Group of Seven, the full-page colour illustrations here are reminiscent of Thomson’s bulbous granite and dripping jack pines. The representative paintings show the protagonist wandering over the crags, the arrival and work of the family’s eminent visitor, and the landscape he teaches her to paint.

In both word and image, Thomson is as much a part of the Georgian Bay-area landscape as his paintings would come to be “at home with the call of the loon,/alone with the rose-blue sky.”

  •  Go for a picture walk. Discuss the artist’s style. What do you notice? What do you wonder? Pause at times to make predictions about the story.
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    Create a character map of Tom Thomson, based on what you learn in this story and on the author’s note at the end.

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    Research another piece of work from this artist and discuss the main characteristics of the painting technique. Use this author’s writing as a mentor text and write a text in verse to describe the painter’s style.

  •  

    Write about a summer vacation in which someone of your choice would live with you and teach you what they know. Who would you invite and what would they teach you?

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    Go for a picture walk and make predictions about the story. Discuss the art styles. What do you notice? What do you wonder?

  •  

    As the story is read aloud, compare the story to your predictions.

  •  

    Create a character map about Tom Thomson, based on this story.

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    Research other paintings by this artist and discuss their main characteristics. Imagine how one of his paintings was created. Write a short description, using this as a mentor text for style.

  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Visual Arts