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The Littlest Voyageur

By: Margi Preus

Illustrator: Cheryl Pilgrim

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.

ISBN: 9780823442478

JLG Release: Jun 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Adventure and adventurers , Fur traders , Squirrels , Eighteenth-century history of Canada

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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 jou 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.

Book Details

ISBN

9780823442478

First Release

June 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 7"

Page Count

176

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Holiday House

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

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

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