Maria Chapdelaine

By Carol-Ann Hoyte

A review of Maria Chapdelaine by Louis Hemon

Published on October 1, 2004

Maria Chapdelaine
Louis Hemon

Tundra Books
$22.99
cloth
0-88776-692-7

From Tundra Books comes a picture-book adaptation of Maria Chapdelaine, the famous novel that Louis Hémon penned while working as a labourer on a farm in Quebec. Maria is faced with a dilemma: three gentlemen want to have her hand in marriage. When her first choice dies suddenly and tragically, she is left to choose a new husband from the remaining two suitors. She must decide between a man offering her a life away from all that is familiar to her and one who symbolizes fidelity to the land and to her roots. Rajka Kupesic, the book’s illustrator, was trained as a ballerina and danced for many years. Her experience as a dancer might explain the strong sense of movement apparent in her attractive naïve art. mRb

Carol-Ann Hoyte is the Quebec English-language regional coordinator for TD Canadian Children's Book Week and organizer of monthly mixers for Montreal anglophone children's book authors and illustrators.

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