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When Heaven Smiled On Our World

by (author) Tamara Thiebaux

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Apr 2020
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2020
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Dec 1992
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


Something there is, to paraphrase Robert Frost, that yearns for a particular kind of Christmas — a Christmas of candlelight, a blazing fire, an aroma-rich meal, a whitespired church for services — and snow blanketing the world around.

When Heaven Smiled On Our World reminds us of why that may be so — the heritage that creates a major style for Christmas in Canada is European. Among the earliest settlers to bring that heritage were the habitants, the workers of the land of Quebec. The text has been adapted from Laurentian Heritage by Corinne Rocheleau Rouleau as it appeared in Christmas in Canada collected by Mary Barber and Flora McPherson.

An afterword gives the historical background of the event and encourages readers to explore further on their own.

About the author

Tamara Thiebaux
has 30 years of experience as an illustrator, artist and graphic designer. Illustrating for children's books is her favourite work. Several of the children's books have received honourable recognition with awards or nominations. Tamara lives in rural Quebec with her musician/composer husband, Daniel Heikalo, and their dog and six cats.

Tamara Thiebaux's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"This nostalgic story charmingly recreates the spirit of 1900s Laurentian Christmastide. The soft watercolour tableau scenes are detailed and authentic."
The Canadian Children's Book Centre