Ernie Coombs: Mr. Dressup (Canadians) (Paperback)

Ernie Coombs: Mr. Dressup (Canadians) By Trudy Duivenoorden Mitic Cover Image

Ernie Coombs: Mr. Dressup (Canadians) (Paperback)


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For almost 30 years, Ernie Coombs was Canada's Mr Dressup, loved and cherished by legions of children and their parents Host of CBC Television program of the same name Mr Dressup won the hearts and loyalty of his young viewers with kindness and a genuine interest in their world He sang songs, drew pictures, made crafts and had a "Tickle Trunk" filled with wonderful costumes and props

Asked once if he didn't sometimes feel silly in character, he replied that he was only doing what any father would do for his own children

As Mr Dressup, Ernie Coombs played a substantial role in launching the first generation of television programming developed specifically for Canadian children Over the years he safeguarded the program against commercialism and the influence of American TV In the end, almost 4000 segments of Mr Dressup were created by and for CBC Television

Although he generally waved off any attention to himself, Ernie Coombs received the prestigious Earle Grey Award for excellence in television programming, a Gemini, a Children's Award conferred by the Children's Broadcast Institute, and an Order of Canada

The news of Ernie Coombs's death in 2001 cast a blanket of sadness across Canada Jean Chretien, then Prime Minister, called the gentle man of children's television "an icon, to be remembered for generations to come "

Trudy Duivenoorden Mitic is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author
Product Details ISBN: 9781550414981
ISBN-10: 1550414984
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Publication Date: December 1st, 2004
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: Canadians