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Children's Fiction Christmas & Advent

The Huron Carol

by (author) Jean de Brebeuf & Father Jean de Brebeuf

illustrated by Frances Tyrrell

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2006
Christmas & Advent, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2002
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2006
    List Price

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Richly evocative of native Huron culture and mythology, and penned by the patron saint of Canada, Father Jean de Br—beuf, The Huron Carol is a classic lyric that puts a distinctly North American spin on the well known Nativity story. Nominated for the Governor General's Award for children's illustration, Tyrrell's images fuse these lyrics with elements of native life and landscape to create an elegant and evocative rendition of the carol.
With delicate attention to detail, earthy tones and a mystical feel, each panel of Tyrrell's art work gives children a window into the life of a bygone era; from the birch bark of the trees, to the long houses of the village and the layered leathers of the Huron dress.
First sung in the Huron language for one hundred years, then translated into French and finally English, The Huron Carol has been a part of Canadian holiday celebrations for generations. Now, Frances Tyrrell gives today's children, and their parents, a chance to experience this tradition for themselves.
“Frances Tyrrell's elegant and entrancing art takes us back in time and into the lives of Native Americans.” “
"The Huron Carol is quite amazing with its large print, wonderful illustrations and exquisite wording. “Sarah's Stars
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About the authors

FATHER JEAN DE BRÉBEUF was born in 1593 and spent more than twenty years as a missionary with the Huron in North America. In 1649, Father de Brébeuf was killed in a raid. In 1930, he became patron saint of Canada.

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Frances Tyrrell lives and works in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Her other books include Woodland Nutcracker (Key Porter) and Woodland Christmas (Scholastic Canada). She has been short-listed twice for the Governor General's Award for children's illustration.

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