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Children's Nonfiction General

F is for French

A Quebec Alphabet

by (author) Elaine Arsenault

illustrated by Renne Benoit

Sleeping Bear Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2013
General, Post-Confederation (1867-), Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
Recommended Age
6 to 9
Recommended Grade
1 to 4
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2013
    List Price

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Founded in 1608, what city is one of the oldest in North America? Where and when was Canada's first road built? What world-famous circus was the inspiration of Baie-Saint-Paul street performers? Discover the answers to these questions, along with other facts, in F is for French: A Quebec Alphabet. Readers young and old can romp the sandy beaches of Les Iles de la Madeleine, visit Montreal's Space for Life (Canada's largest natural science museum complex), brave the arctic cold in the Nunavik region, or sit back and enjoy the music at one of the many performances taking place at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. This richly illustrated alphabet book is bilingual. A poem and informative sidebar text for each letter appears in French with an English translation.

About the authors

Elaine Arsenault reveals her considerable talent as a writer for children in Doggie in the Window. After a back operation, she was told to stay home to recover for many long months. She took advantage of her precious free time to write this funny, quirky story that is perfect for young children.

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Renné Benoit is living her childhood dream of being an artist. Trained in graphic design, she is the award-winning illustrator of more than 15 books for children. Her awards include the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award for Children's Literature for Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion; the OLA Silver Birch Express Award for The Secret of the Village Fool; and the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize for both Fraser Bear and Goodbye to Griffith Street. The latter was also nominated for the Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon Award. Big City Bees was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration, and A Year of Borrowed Men was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, among others. Renné lives in St. Thomas, Ontario.


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