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Up the Mountain Path

by (author) Marianne Dubuc

Chronicle Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2018
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
    List Price

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Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 2018 in the picture book category

Outstanding Merit, Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year

A heartwarming and charming illustrated story that encourages a sense of exploration and adventure in young readers.

Mrs. Badger, an avid collector and naturalist, lives in a house at the foot of a small mountain. Every Sunday, she takes the path from her garden to the mountain’s peak, greeting her friends along the way and collecting treasures she finds on the trail.

One day she meets Lulu, a very small but curious cat, who wants to go with her to the top of the mountain. “What will we see up there?” Lulu asks. “The world,” Mrs. Badger replies. Despite being a little nervous, Lulu trusts Mrs. Badger and learns how to climb the trail and appreciate the natural world along the way. And when Mrs. Badger gets too weak to join Lulu for their weekly climb, Lulu continues to climb alone, eventually discovering new paths previously untaken and undiscovered.

Rich in wisdom and beautifully illustrated, Up the Mountain Path offers a profound story full of lessons about love, friendship, generosity, and following one's heart.

About the author

Marianne Dubuc studied visual arts and graphic design before beginning her career as an award-winning author and illustrator. In Front of My House, originally published in French as Devant ma maison , is her first book to be published in English. Marianne lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Editorial Reviews

"Dubuc, whose gentle work champions friendship and explores life stages, suggests that kindness can become a tradition."
- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"A quiet, lovely story for the intergenerational shelf.""
- Kirkus Reviews

"Mindfulness can be a difficult concept to understand, and this book is thoughtfully crafted to show quiet contemplation and serenity in action. A perfect choice for budding naturalists as well."
- School Library Journal

"A guidebook to amity and exploration." -- Publisher's Weekly, Best Books of 2018 in the picture book category

Outstanding Merit, Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year

"A badger's weekly hike is enlivened by her new companion, a kitty who's nervous about going along. It's a cozy paean to the joys of nature and friendship." - People

"This amiable, understated picture book has its own quiet charm."

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