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The Flying Canoe

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On New Year’s eve, 1847, eleven-year-old Baptiste finds himself far from his friends and family and his home in La Beauce. He has come to the woods of the Ottawa Valley to live and work among “the finest lumberjacks in Canada.” As the New Year approaches, Baptiste and the lumberjacks grow more and more homesick. Resolved to see their families again before the stroke of mid ...more
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published November 23rd 2004 by Tundra Books
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Gundula
Dec 31, 2014 Gundula rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in North American Folklore
The legend of a flying canoe, of a group of voyageurs who make a pact with the Devil in order to visit their loved ones for New Years' Eve celebrations, is one of the most well-known folktales of French Canada. According to Roch Carrier (as stated in the author's note), the legend has its roots in European folktales involving flying vessels, which were then combined with First Nations tales of magical, flying canoes. However, according to a Wikipedia article I read on the the legend of La Chasse ...more
Lisa Vegan
Aug 09, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who like dreaming of flying
I love things that fly (The Summer Birds was a favorite book of mine (and my classmates) when I was a kid) so a flying canoe appealed to me. I read this French Canadian tale as one of the North American folk tales for this month’s Picture Books Club at the Children's Books group.


This story didn’t really grab me, although it was entertaining enough. I’m not sure who the intended audience is for this book though. For a picture book, there is a lot of text, very small text, and it includes some adv
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Canadian Reader
Given its picture book form, I was expecting French-Canadian literary icon Roch Carrier's adaptation of the enduring folktale about a flying canoe to be more accessible to children. In Carrier's version, an eleven-year-old boy is included to accompany the lumberjacks in a canoe which will fly them home in one night to their sweethearts.

In the traditional version of the story that I am familiar with (and yes, there are many variations), voyageurs (fur traders who travel by canoe) make a deal wit
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Zina
Short, I didn't mind it.
Jenny
This one was a Canadian folk tale and somehow didn't hold my attention well.
Mark Nissen
Fun story that is an interesting tale from Canadian folklore.
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Roch Carrier, OC is a Canadian novelist, playwright and author of "contes" (a very brief form of the short story). He is among the best known Quebec writers in English Canada.

From 1994 to 1997, he served as head of the Canada Council. In 1998, he ran as an electoral candidate for the Quebec Liberal Party under Jean Charest, in the riding of Crémazie. He was defeated by 309 votes.

In 1991, he was ma
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