On the International Board on Books for Young People
(IBBY) Honour List 2014
2013 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Honor
2013 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator?s
OLA 2012 Best Bet - Picture Books
A city boy finds a stamp that unlocks his imagination; a country
boy is captivated by stories. When they grow up, the two boys take
different paths-one becomes a prison guard, the other works in a
factory-but their early childhood passions remain. When the country
boy's stories of hope land him in prison, the letters and stamps
sent to him from faraway places intrigue the prison guard and a
unique friendship begins.
Jennifer Lanthier faced formidable challenges in crafting her
first picture book. The journalist and author had to figure out how
to tell a story about freedom of expression to a young audience;
how to ensure the book remained meaningful without becoming too
dark; and how to give the story power beyond its political message.
With The Stamp Collector, illustrated by François
Thisdale, Lanthier has succeeded in overcoming these challenges. .
. Thisdale?s dreamlike illustrations feature textured backgrounds
with collages of postmarks and Chinese characters. Darkness is
illuminated by moments of whimsy (a postage stamp imagined as a
kite) and the exquisite detail of the colourful stamps.
-- Quill & Quire
"It?s ?tting that a book on paper should celebrate letter
writing, as author Jennifer Lanthier and artist François Thisdale
do in this tale of philately and friendship."
-- National Post
"The Stamp Collector is a must-buy for school and
public libraries, and particularly for intermediate grade classroom
teachers who are looking for a discussion starter.
-- CM Magazine
"This is a story about imagination, passion, and friendship. It
teaches children that creativity and imagination can take you to
the corners of the world, and that kindness and compassion can help
sculpt you into an honourable friend."
-- Teach Magazine
"The Stamp Collector is a thoughtful, lyrical tale
about how imagination and empathy take hold in different ways? a
-- Book Page
"This powerful and moving story teaches children about freedom
of expression and the power of stories. The subject matter is
mature, but the story of two Chinese men on opposite sides of
prison bars is presented in an accessible way such that children
are challenged to think differently about themselves and others.
Illustrations are beautifully rendered and complement the story
well. Parents welcome the opportunity to have discussions with
children about rights and freedoms."
-- The Toy Testing Council