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Children's Fiction Friendship

Le long chemin

by (author) Jean Little

illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Feb 2022
Friendship, New Experience, General
Recommended Age
5 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 3
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2022
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Jane est très bavarde. Maya aime écouter. Malgré leurs nombreuses différences, une amitié se développe rapidement entre les deux jeunes filles. À l’école, elles apprennent que certaines créatures vivantes sont en train de disparaître de la planète. Jane est très triste et, avec Maya, elle veut aider les animaux en voie de disparition. Son grand-père a une idée qui va inspirer les jeunes filles à agir pour que les choses changent… Les deux amies vont alors découvrir qu’elles ont plus de points communs qu’elles ne l’imaginaient.

Écrit par l’auteure à succès Jean Little, Le long chemin est une émouvante histoire d’amitié et de persévérance.


Maya and Jane are nothing alike. Jane is a chatterbox and Maya is a good listener, so a fast friendship comes as no surprise. When the girls learn about the planet’s disappearing monarch butterflies one day at school, Jane becomes very sad. She wants to help the endangered animals, and so does Maya. When Jane’s grandfather proposes an idea, the girls are inspired to make a change. Setting out on a journey to make a difference, the two friends end up learning more about each other than they expect.

From celebrated author Jean Little, Le long chemin is a touching story about friendship, perseverance, and flourishing against all odds.

Original title: Long Way Home

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.


Jean Little's profile page


GABRIELLE GRIMARD a illustré plus de 30 albums, dontLes mots volés, Quand j’avais huit ans, Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines, Aujourd'hui peut-être... et les livres de la série Petit Gnouf. Elle est aussi l'auteure-illustratrice de l'album Lila et la corneille. Gabrielle habite aux environs de Montréal.


From the time she was little GABRIELLE GRIMARD loved art, dismaying her elementary school teachers by constantly drawing in class. Later Gabrielle studied art in high school and university. After her son was born, she began illustrating children’s books and has now created more than 25, including When I Was Eight (Quand j'avais huit ans), Stolen Words (Les mots volés) and Not My Girl (Où est ma fille?). Lila and the Crow (Lila et la corneille) is the first book she both wrote and illustrated. She uses watercolours, gouache and oil to create images of amazing warmth and depth. Gabrielle lives near Montreal, QC. Visit her at

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