The Globe and Mail | The Globe and Mail Staff | December 3, 2010
The Globe and Mail suggests THE NATIVE TREES OF CANADA as the perfect holiday gift
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THE NATIVE TREES OF CANADA
By Leanne Shapton, Drawn & Quarterly, unpaginated, $19.95
Browsing in a used bookstore, Shapton – a Canadian illustrator, writer and art director in New York City – discovered an old edition of the government reference book The Native Trees of Canada, published in 1917. The dusty compilation inspired her to create her own version, in which she distilled each image into its simplest form, using vivid colours in gouache, stripping the complex objects down to bold, abstract shapes and colours.