October 27, 2022

STILL THIS LOVE GOES ON

Still This Love Goes on, based on the song by Buffy Sainte-Marie and illustrated by the Julie Flett, celebrates community and hopeful promise of seeing loved ones again soon.



Sainte-Marie's lyrics are the basis of the text, and they recount the beauty of the changing seasons, the love we feel for those we've lost, the celebration of Indigenous traditions (like jingle dancers!), and the support that comes from being part of a community. It's the story of love throughout the changing seasons and conditions, and it reminds readers to find the beauty in everything around them, from nature to family and friends. 


Flett's stunning full-bleed images float between whole spreads and a page of text opposite an illustration, making the book feel almost like a fairytale storybook, full of love and magic. Flett really takes the time to focus on the visual relationship between humans and the natural world before allowing readers a chance to see the characters' faces close-up, which makes the story incredibly universal and relatable (especially given that we see so many different seasons and types of weather). The illustrations were created with pastel and pencil and finished digitally.


Still This Love Goes on published in September from Greystone Kids. You can also read an interview I did last year with Julie about her illustration process here!


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