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Troy Townsin

Troy Townsin was born in Melbourne, Australia and worked as an actor and playwright before embarking on a round-the-world backpacking extravaganza taking him to several continents.He settled for a while in Soho, England where he managed the Acoustic Cafe bar and restaurant before becoming a beverage manager at the exclusive Cafe de Paris in London's glamorous West End. It was here that Troy had the opportunity to develop his passion for food and wine as winemakers and experts from around the world flew in to provide the finest food and beverage training.

Troy returned to Melbourne and stayed in the hospitality industry while earning a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. The global nature of the course allowed him to take semesters in Malaysia, Turkey and the UK. While studying in Malaysia, he met his future wife, Cheryl-Lynn, who was also taking part in a university exchange program.

After graduating, he worked for the United Nations Information Centre in London before taking a job as an event reporter. In 2003, he won the prestigious Travel Writer of the Year award with TNT Magazine UK. In 2004 Troy moved to the Pacific Northwest where his passion for the world's finest food and wine could be indulged. In 2005 he co-authored the hit cookbook/guidebook, Cooking with BC Wine. It won a Gourmand World Cookbook Award. Troy currently runs a weekly wine column on Canada's CBC radio.

A Moose in a Maple Tree: The All Canadian 12 Days of Christmas
Authors:
Troy Townsin
Artists:
Jennifer Harrington
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1;

Each year Canada hosts 35 million foreign tourists who spend over $16 billion. A Moose in a Maple Tree is a natural overseas gift and souvenir for children, tourists, Canadians living abroad, and anyone who is looking forward to a white Christmas in this wonderful country with its use of iconic Canadianisms: skiers, sled dogs, salmon, Mounties, lobsters, beavers, whales, hockey sticks, totem poles, snowmen, polar bears, and of course, the moose, all ultimately gathered together in a Canadian maple tree.  

This beautifully illustrated, durable, glossy picture book has been entirely printed and produced in Canada, and has been nominated for the Lieutenant Governor Generals Award for Children's illustrations. 

A Moose in a Maple Tree will capture the imagination of young readers with its quirky twist on the original Christmas song while providing lively, colourful images created by Toronto graphic designer and illustrator, Jennifer Harrington. The book can be sung or read aloud and is designed as a learning tool that will instigate discussion about all things Canadian. The book is also a great tool for your readers learning to count.

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32 pages | 10.00" x 9.50"

Authentic Canadian Content
$19.95

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Canadian Jingle Bells
Authors:
Troy Townsin
Artists:
Jennifer Harrington
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 2;

“Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, from Victoria to Halifax, across the Hudson Bay"

Whether read or sung aloud, this book is designed as a fun learning tool that will instigate discussion about all things Canadian.

Learn about each province and territory as Santa travels across Canada delivering gifts on Christmas Eve in this delightful Canadian rendition of a holiday favourite.

In Manitoba, Santa has a scare when he almost lands on a sleeping polar bear and in PEI he finds Mounties in the stables eating turkey dinner with Anne of Green Gables.

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40 pages | 10.00" x 9.50"

Authentic Canadian Content
$19.95

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The Night Before a Canadian Christmas
Authors:
Troy Townsin
Artists:
Jennifer Harrington
Format: Hardcover

'Twas the night before Christmas and all around the house, not a creature was stirring, except for a moose….

Readers of all ages will laugh out loud at all the Canadian references in this hilarious version of the night before Christmas.

There are children in long johns snug in their beds while visions of poutine dance in their heads. Santa replaces his reindeer with a team of beavers - Gretzky, Trudeau, Shania, Loonie, Bob, Doug, Suzuki and Toonie.

Authentic Canadian Content
$19.95

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