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Children's Fiction Christmas & Advent

We Wish You a Merry Christmas: A Canadian Carol

A Canadian Carol

by (author) Helaine Becker

illustrated by H. Werner Zimmermann

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Christmas & Advent, General, Humorous Stories
Recommended Age
3 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 2
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
    List Price

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Porcupine and his friends are back, singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas!"



Sing your way through the season with Porcupine, Beaver, Moose and the gang!



It’s a holiday party at the Porcupine Cafe, and all the animals are there, singing out to Porcupine for their favourite treats. The bears arrive first and demand the traditional figgy pudding. But they are followed by puffins, who request fish; beavers asking for tasty twigs; moose, who demand tasty berries; and squirrels, who lobby for crunchy walnuts.



What's a frenzied chef to do?



This fun holiday romp will have kids and adults singing along — and inventing their own verses for their OWN favourite foods!



Helaine Becker and Werner Zimmermann create even more Christmas merriment and mayhem in this companion to the bestselling A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Dashing Through the Snow and Deck the Halls.

About the authors


Helaine Becker
est l'auteure de nombreux livres jeunesse primés. Elle a écrit plus de 80
livres, dont Raconte-moi les graphiques : L'histoire de William Playfair et
l'album illustré à succès Un porc-épic dans un sapin. Helaine
habite à Toronto, en Ontario.


HELAINE BECKER is the author of numerous of books of fiction and non-fiction for children, among them the best-selling A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequel, Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells, The Haunted House That Jack Built and Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner. Her books have won the Silver Birch Award and the CBA Libris Award and have been shortlisted for the Red Cedar, the Hackmatack and the Rocky Mountain awards. Helaine lives in Toronto with her family. Visit her at

Helaine Becker's profile page


Werner Zimmermann est un auteur-illustrateur. Il a illustré le livre à succès Un porc-épic dans un sapin et Vive le vent d'hiver! Werner a été en nomination plus d'une fois pour le prestigieux prix du Gouverneur général, y compris pour Dix petits poissons (version anglaise), qu’il a écrit et a illustré. Il vit à Guelph, en Ontario.


Werner Zimmermann is a bestselling children's book illustrator whose works include A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequels, At the Pond, the Farmer Joe series, Snow Day, Henny Penny, Pippin the Christmas Pig and In My Backyard. He has been nominated three timesfor the Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration, and he and Jean Little won the Mr. Christie's Award for Pippin the Christmas Pig. Wernerlivesin Guelph, Ontario. Visit him online at

H. Werner Zimmermann's profile page

Editorial Reviews


Praise for A Porcupine in a Pine Tree:



“The clearly Canadian lyrics are perfectly complemented by the fun and dynamic illustrations.” — CBC Parents



Praise for Dashing Through the Snow:



“Parents and teachers will readily sing Becker’s rhymes, and the chorus . . . encourages full listener participation.” — National Reading Campaign



“Every bit as fun as its predecessor. This book has the potential of engaging the entire family since no one who reads it will be able to refrain from singing out loud.” — Montreal Gazette

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