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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Maritimers do love their folk art. From small carved figurines and quirky touristy trinkets, to paintings and much more, it’s not surprising that these creative people love to do things big as well. They are a proud people, these Maritimers, proud of the culture and their heritage – in a good way, of course. Take, for instance, the tall, proud statue of Anne of Green Gables standing waving happily to visitors in Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island. Or the Dungarvon Whooper, a statue of a logging camp cook, which stands in the municipal park in Blackville, New Brunswick, celebrating the ghostly myth of the Miramichi woods and the whooping call that haunts the site where the camp cook was killed. Remember, Maritimers also love their stories! And then there are the giant statues of a violin and a fiddle, a lobster and many other unique and sometimes unusual creations. Where there’s a story (and there’s always a story in the Maritimes), there is something prominent to commemorate or make note of the story.
Katherine E. Tapley-Milton is a Maritime storyteller, fascinated with her fellow Maritimers. Her earlier book about disappearing mailboxes in the Maritimes is followed by another colorful and intriguing book about the large public statues that dot the landscape. Big Stuff in the Maritimes, Book 2 is an interesting collection of prominent Maritime landmarks, folk art that catches the eye and usually attracts a story or two. Each image presented is accompanied by a story and background information on the folk art. A great study of another classic Maritime art form.