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Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace is one of Canada’s best-known children’s book creators. He has published many classics, including Boy of the Deeps and Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance. His illustrations for Canadian Railroad Trilogy and Just So Stories have each received three starred reviews. 

Ian has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, among others. He has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Governor General’s Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. 

Ian lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Deb.

The Huron Carol
Authors:
Ian Wallace
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;

The Huron Carol is a beautiful and unusual Christmas song with a rich history. Inthe early 1600s, Father Jean de Brébeuf came to Canada from his native France as a Jesuit missionary. He settled among the Huron, or Ouendat, people in what is now Midland, Ontario. Despite his missionary zeal, Brébeuf was sensitive to the people with whom he lived. He learned their language and he wrote, in Huron, the original version of this famous Christmas carol. Brébeuf's carol continued to be sung by successive generations of Hurons. Then in 1926, Toronto writer Jesse Edgar Middleton, inspired by Brébeuf, wrote his own version of the carol in English. His are the familiar words we sing today, describing the Huron landscape, flora and fauna in telling the Christmas story.

Ian Wallace brings his masterful ability to paint landscape and his cultural sensitivity to this unique Christmas song. Multilingual versions of the text, the music and a full description of how this carol has come down to us today are included.

Educator Information
Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, History, Music.

Recommended Ages: 3 to 7 (Grades Pre-K to 2)

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Very Last First Time
Authors:
Jan Andrews
Ian Wallace
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4;

Eva, an Inuit girl, lives in northern Canada. In the winter, her people search for mussels along the bottom of the seabed. Although Eva has often joined her mother on these searches, today is the very first day she's climbing down through the ice hole by herself. This is a unique experience for young listeners and a great introduction to another culture.

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Curriculum Connections: Science, Social Studies, Geography

Recommended Ages: 5-9

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$18.95

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