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The Littlest Voyageur



by
Margi Preus
illustrated by
Cheryl Pilgrim

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Holiday House
ISBN
9780823442478
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It is 1792 and unbeknownst to a group of voyageurs traveling from Montreal to Grand Portage, an intrepid squirrel, Jean Pierre Petit Le Rouge, sneaks onto their canoe. Le Rouge is soon discovered because he can't contain his excitement—mon dieu he is so enthusiastic. The smells! The vistas! The comradery! The voyageurs are not particularly happy to have him, especially because Le Rouge rides, but he does not paddle. He eats, but he does not cook. He doesn't even carry anything on portages—sometimes it is he who has to be carried. He also has a terrible singing voice. What kind of voyageur is that?

When they finally arrive at the trading post Le Rouge is in for a terrible shock—the voyageurs have traveled all those miles to collect beaver pelts. With the help of Monique, a smart and sweet flying squirrel, Le Rouge organizes his fur-bearing friends of the forest to ambush the men and try and convince them to quit being voyageurs.French pronunciation guide. Further information about voyageurs, Jean Pierre Petit le Rouge’s speeches, and red and flying squirrels. Recipe for bannock. Sources. Black-and-white illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

176

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 7"

Dewey

F

AR

4.7: points 2

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2020

Book Genres

Adventure; Animal Stories (Tales); Historical Fiction

Topics

Adventure and adventurers. Fur traders. Squirrels. Eighteenth-century history of Canada.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

In 1792 Quebec, an intrepid red squirrel invites himself along on a trading expedition by a group of eight white human Quebecois traders—all named Jean—known as “voyageurs.” Of course, Jean Pierre Petit Le Rouge (Little Red) doesn’t know the trip is ultimately about animal pelts; to him it’s a chance to see more of the world as they journey northward on and off the calm Canadian waters in their birchbark canoe. Much like Jean Van Leeuwen’s 1970’s “Marvin the Magnificent” series, here is an irrepressibly charming and energetic furry narrator who interacts with simplistic humans on his own terms, whether or not the unimportant men understand him. Only the book-loving Jean can interpret meaning from Le Rouge’s squirrel-talk, while the rest consider putting him in their ragoût... one of many French words flavoring the adventure. Three- to five-page chapters, each accompanied with one or more intricate, expressive gray pencil illustrations, break the events into perfect bedtime-chapter-sized portions. A well-written, sweet, simple, satisfying, and good-natured animal story that sheds light on a little-explored era of history.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

In 1792 Quebec, an intrepid red squirrel invites himself along on a trading expedition by a group of eight white human Quebecois traders—all named Jean—known as “voyageurs.” Of course, Jean Pierre Petit Le Rouge (Little Red) doesn’t know the trip is ultimately about animal pelts; to him it’s a chance to see more of the world as they journey northward on and off the calm Canadian waters in their birchbark canoe. Much like Jean Van Leeuwen’s 1970’s “Marvin the Magnificent” series, here is an irrepressibly charming and energetic furry narrator who interacts with simplistic humans on his own terms, whether or not the unimportant men understand him. Only the book-loving Jean can interpret meaning from Le Rouge’s squirrel-talk, while the rest consider putting him in their ragoût... one of many French words flavoring the adventure. Three- to five-page chapters, each accompanied with one or more intricate, expressive gray pencil illustrations, break the events into perfect bedtime-chapter-sized portions. A well-written, sweet, simple, satisfying, and good-natured animal story that sheds light on a little-explored era of history.

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