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Children's Fiction Christmas & Advent

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree Collection

by (author) Helaine Becker

illustrated by H. Werner Zimmermann

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Christmas & Advent, General, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 12


A special gift edition of the quintessential Canadian Christmas series!


Sing your way through the season with Porcupine, Beaver, Moose and the gang!

This special gift edition contains all three bestselling holiday favourites: A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Dashing Through the Snow and Deck the Halls. Get ready for merriment and mayhem with your favourite all-Canadian carols!

Includes musical arrangements for all three songs, so readers can play along on piano or guitar.

About the authors


Helaine Becker
est l'auteure de nombreux livres jeunesse primés. Elle a écrit plus de 80
livres, dont Raconte-moi les graphiques : L'histoire de William Playfair et
l'album illustré à succès Un porc-épic dans un sapin. Helaine
habite à Toronto, en Ontario.


HELAINE BECKER is the author of numerous of books of fiction and non-fiction for children, among them the best-selling A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequel, Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells, The Haunted House That Jack Built and Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner. Her books have won the Silver Birch Award and the CBA Libris Award and have been shortlisted for the Red Cedar, the Hackmatack and the Rocky Mountain awards. Helaine lives in Toronto with her family. Visit her at

Helaine Becker's profile page


Werner Zimmermann est un auteur-illustrateur. Il a illustré le livre à succès Un porc-épic dans un sapin et Vive le vent d'hiver! Werner a été en nomination plus d'une fois pour le prestigieux prix du Gouverneur général, y compris pour Dix petits poissons (version anglaise), qu’il a écrit et a illustré. Il vit à Guelph, en Ontario.


Werner Zimmermann is a bestselling children's book illustrator whose works include A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequels, At the Pond, the Farmer Joe series, Snow Day, Henny Penny, Pippin the Christmas Pig and In My Backyard. He has been nominated three timesfor the Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration, and he and Jean Little won the Mr. Christie's Award for Pippin the Christmas Pig. Wernerlivesin Guelph, Ontario. Visit him online at

H. Werner Zimmermann's profile page


  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Porcupine in a Pine Tree:

“The clearly Canadian lyrics are perfectly complemented by the fun and dynamic illustrations.” — CBC Parents

Praise for Dashing Through the Snow:

“Parents and teachers will readily sing Becker’s rhymes, and the chorus – part of which ends with a resounding “eh!” – encourages full listener participation.” — National Reading Campaign

“Much like the holiday season and any good celebration, the excitement and chaos build through every page turn in this picture book. Expect to be singing this book over and over again throughout the holiday season as Becker’s rhymes are infectious and possibly addictive. Zimmerman’s delightful and detailed watercolour illustrations complement the text perfectly with their wit and energy. There is so much to see in every illustration; don’t be surprised if you spot something new each time you read/sing through the story.” — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Every bit as fun as its predecessor. This book has the potential of engaging the entire family since no one who reads it will be able to refrain from singing out loud.” — Montreal Gazette

Other titles by Helaine Becker

Other titles by H. Werner Zimmermann