Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
Award-winning children's author Deirdre Kessler has set her latest story in the late summer of 1864. Nine-year-old twins Gabriel and Grace help their parents run the Great George Street Livery Stables in Charlottetown. They are part of all the excitement as a circus comes to town and as politicians arrive by steamship from the Maritimes and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada. The twins have drawing lessons with their friend, fourteen-year-old artist Robert Harris, who plays in the band that entertains the delegates at a grand banquet and ball at Province House. But the twins are most excited about their favourite horse, who is about to give birth to her first foal. Travel back in time to the streets of Charlottetown for an insider's peek at the meetings that led to Confederation, beautifully illustrated by award-winning illustrator, Brenda Jones.
About the authors
Deirdre Kessler. Charlottetown writer Deirdre Kessler is the author of five children's novels and five picture books, as well as poetry, plays, non-fiction and radio documentaries. She teaches children's literature and creative writing at the University of Prince Edward Island. "Home for Christmas" was published as an illustrated book by Pottersfield Press (1989) and appears here by permission of the publisher and the author.
Brenda Jones is a native of Prince Edward Island and spent the last twelve years roaming the woods and fields gathering and studying the herbs around the Maritimes in order to understand the properties of these amazing plants and to help her with her own health issues. With her background as an artist and illustrator, she began painting each herb in meticulous detail to help in identification, and soon had her own herb garden in her backyard and a cupboard full of tinctures and teas.
Other titles by Deirdre Kessler
Danger - Keep Out!
The Charlottetown Conference
Lobster in My Pocket
Lucy Maud Montgomery's Favourite Places
Lobster in my Pocket 2nd edition
Anne: La Maison aux pignons verts récits pour jeunes lecteurs
Recits pour jeunes lecteurs
Lena and the Whale
Gifts to Last
Christmas Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland
Other titles by Brenda Jones
Buddy the Bluenose Reindeer
And the Christmas Dinner Rescue
Medicinal Herbs of Eastern Canada
A Pictorial Manual
Sid the Kid and the Dryer
A Story About Sidney Crosby
Skunks for Breakfast
Lobster in My Pocket
My Mother is Weird
I is for Island
A Prince Edward Island Alphabet
Best of Buddy The Bluenose Reindeer
Buddy the Bluenose Reindeer and Buddy the Bluenose Reindeer and the Boston Christmas Tree Adventure