Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem, Evangeline, tells the story of two young people deported from beautiful Acadie just before they are to be married—and their search for each other that lasts the rest of their lives. First published in 1847, the poem has been important to Acadian identity ever since. In Évangéline: Récits pour jeunes lecteurs, the tragic story of Evangeline and Gabriel’s Deportation is recounted to a new generation. In simple prose true to Longfellow’s poem, Hélène Boudreau describes the utopian village of Grand-Pré where Evangeline grows up, the traumatizing Deportation, and Evangeline’s relentless search across America for her true love. Patsy MacKinnon’s stunning illustrations bring the story to life in full colour. Évangéline: Récits pour jeunes lecteurs is a vital, French-language interpretation for children of Longfellow’s classic.
About the authors
Hélène Boudreau is a Canadian writer and artist. A native of Isle Madame, Nova Scotia, she writes fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults from her home in Markham, Ontario. She's the author of seven novels for children including the first Red Dune Adventure, Keep Out! and Acadian Star, which was nominated for the 2009–2010 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award. Visit her website at heleneboudreau.com.
Patsy MacKinnon is the illustrator of Heartsong and The Village of Wood Duck. A member of the prestigious Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Patsy lives in New Waterford, Nova Scotia.