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Children's Fiction Christmas & Advent

Le Noël de Pétunia

by (author) Jean Little

illustrated by Werner Zimmermann

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2003
Christmas & Advent
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2003
    List Price

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N'oublie surtout pas, Pétunia, que, sans l'âne, l'enfant n'aurait pu arriver à Bethléem, que, sans la vache qui a offert sa mangeoire, il n'aurait pas eu de couche et que, sans l'agneau, il n'aurait pu se couvrir d'une douce toison pour se tenir au chaud! Et Noël n'existerait pas! Et les cochons, alors? Pétunia quitte l'étable, lourde de peine : elle ne reviendra jamais! Elle brave la tempête; il fait si froid! Mais voilà qu'elle aperçoit une femme qui serre son enfant tout contre elle et qui avance péniblement contre le vent. Aurait-elle besoin d'un endroit chaud et douillet pour se reposer? N'écoutant que son courage, Pétunia la guide jusqu'à l'étable, mais les animaux sont réticents à réconforter un bébé ordinaire, alors que leurs ancêtres, eux, avait pris soin de l'enfant Jésus lui-même! C'est à Pétunia de montrer aux animaux qu'aucun bébé n'est ordinaire, et c'est aux animaux de montrer à Pétunia que, sans elle, ils n'auraient jamais compris le vrai sens de la fête de Noël.

About the authors

Jean Little was born in Taiwan in 1932. Her parents were both doctors. Jean grew up in Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto. She was born with a severe eye problem and is severely visually impaired. A special "talking" computer assists her with her writing. She has a retired seeing-eye dog named Ritz and a new one named Pippa, with whom she travels. The author focuses on her experiences from the time she was a child through young adulthood in her autobiography, Little by Little, and continues her story in Stars Come Out Within. The books, which will appeal to children 10 and older, are both humorous and poignant as Jean describes living with a disability and the ridicule she sometimes experienced as a result, as well as her love for the world of reading and books. Jean's books include From Anna, Listen for the Singing, Stand In The Wind, Mama's Going To Buy You a Mockingbird, Hey World, Here I Am!, Look through My Window, Emma's Yucky Brother, The Belonging Place, and Mine For Keeps. Listen for the Singing was the Canada Council Children's Literature Award winner in 1977. Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird was the CLA Book of the Year in 1985.
Jean Little's first book, Mine for Keeps, won the Little, Brown Children's Book Award in 1962 and was republished by Viking Penguin in 1995. It tells the story of Sally Copeland, a 10 year old with cerebral palsy, and her adjustment to being home after spending several years in a special school. You'll find that several of the themes in this book appear in a number of the author's other books: dealing with a handicap and the responses of others, fitting in, and adjusting to new situations and surroundings.


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