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From ACHUKA's Canadian correspondent, Andrea Deakin:

Sheila Egoff
Sheila Egoff died in Vancouver (Canada) on May 22nd in her 88th year.
She was a scholar and a critic of children's literature throughout her professional life. She began working in the children's department of Toronto Public Library in 1942, working towards her degree taking night classes at the University of Toronto. She completed her studies as a librarian at University College, London . While at the Toronto Public Library she had come under the tutelage of Lillian Smith who had an enormous influence on her. On her return to Toronto she brought the British Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books to Toronto Public Library and was its first curator.
Her range of experience and growing reputation caught the attention of Samuel Rothstein and she was chosen as one of the founding faculty members of the Library School at the University of British Columbia. She was the first full time professor of children's literature and children's librarianship. She influenced countless classes of children's librarians and two of her students, Sarah Ellis and Kit Pearson , went on to win Governor- General Awards.
She was the first Canadian critic of children's literature to win international recognition and her advocacy and scholarship led in Canada to the present recognition of children's literature as a legitimate academic study. She wrote several books including "The Republic of Childhood" (1967), "Only Connect" , and "Worlds Within". She was the first Canadian to be appointed as a judge for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and was the receipient of many awards and honourary doctorates. She developed the first Pacific Rim Conference on Children's Literature at UBC in 1976 and in the 1980's the B.C. Book Prizes established an annual award, bearing her name, for children's literature.


Laszlo Gal

Laszlo Gal was born in 1933 in Budapest, emigrated to Canada in 1956, and began his career as an illustrator in 1962 when, after an offer from Arnaldo Montadori he worked for several years in Italy before returning to Canada.
His first Canadian title was "Cartier Discovers the St. Lawrence" by William Toye and published by Oxford. The 1970's began the growth in children's publishing in Canada. New publishing houses sprang up and traditional publishers began to institute or expand programmes of Canadian publishing for children.To begin with, because of the cost of producing colour, Laszlo Gal was limited to using one or two colours for his illustrations. Blue and black created "Raven, Creator of the World" with its suggestion of Inuit design.
By 1979 Gal could return to full colour and Janet Lunn's retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" was accompanied by double-spread illustrations in watercolour and tempera. This was followed by "The Little Mermaid" and "The Willow Maiden". His drawings and paintings always reflect the art of the period in which they are set. Gal's beautifully tempered illustrations were an introduction to form, style and colour for those many children who lived very far from large cities and galleries. They inspired a generation of young Canadian illustrators to create pictures of the highest quality for children. His pictures were illustrations of the text, not interactive picture books where text and illustration feed on each other. They were of the Classical school. Canadian children have been enriched by his legacy, he was one of the most important illustrators of the last 40 years illustrating over thirty books in Canada and forty worldwide.
Laszlo Gal won the 1978 I.O.D.E. Award for "Why the Man in the Moon is Unhappy and Other Eskimo Stories" and the 1980 Canada Council Award (now the Governor -General's Award) and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" by Janet Lunn.

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