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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.

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Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, History, Music.

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

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