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“One July day four hundred years ago, Samuel de Champlain stepped out of a small boat at Quebec and began a great adventure.” So begins Christopher Moore’s riveting account of the life of the extraordinary, daring “father of New France.”

Samuel de Champlain helped found the first permanent French settlement in the New World; he established the village that eventually became the great city of Quebec; he was a skilled cartographer who gave us many of our first accurate maps of North America; he forged alliances ...
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Champlain

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“One July day four hundred years ago, Samuel de Champlain stepped out of a small boat at Quebec and began a great adventure.” So begins Christopher Moore’s riveting account of the life of the extraordinary, daring “father of New France.”

Samuel de Champlain helped found the first permanent French settlement in the New World; he established the village that eventually became the great city of Quebec; he was a skilled cartographer who gave us many of our first accurate maps of North America; he forged alliances with Native nations that laid the foundations for vast trading networks; and as governor, he set New France on the road to becoming a productive, self-sufficient, thriving colony.

But Champlain was also a man who suffered his share of defeats and disappointments. That first permanent settlement was abandoned after a disastrous winter claimed the lives of half the colonists. His marriage to a child bride was unhappy and marked by long separations. Eventually Quebec had to be surrendered temporarily to the English in 1629.

In this remarkable book, illustrated entirely with paintings, archival maps, and original artifacts, Christopher Moore brings to life this complex man and, through him, creates a portrait of Canada in its earliest days.

Champlain is illustrated with archival maps and paintings. Additional artwork has been provided by Francis Back.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This is an impressive book with informative sidebars and magnificent illustrations including archival artwork, maps, and additional drawings by Francis Back. Champlain was born in the small seaport town of Brouage on the coast of France almost one hundred years after the voyage of Christopher Columbus to America. As a young man he served in the military during a time of war and when peace was declared he was able to go to Spain and sail from there to the Caribbean. Upon his return to France he was hired by a fur trader who took Champlain on his first voyage to Canada. Canada was the new frontier and Champlain longed to return. When the king of France supported the idea of a colony in Canada, Champlain's talent as a cartographer led the commander of an expedition, Pierre de Monts, to take the young man on the voyage. The colony of Arcadia was established, but the hardships discouraged many and the expedition was ordered to return to France. Champlain returned to Canada as a leader in 1603 and established a settlement at Québec. The book explores the relationship with the people of the Native nations and gives an interesting portrait of Champlain. The list of additional reading includes books written by the explorer and there is also a listing of historic sites. 2004 (orig. 1986), Tundra, Ages 9 to 12.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-A revised and expanded version of the author's Samuel de Champlain (Grolier, 1986; o.p.), this lushly pictorial biography, extended with archival artwork, maps, and artifacts, boasts additional illustrations in muted colored pencil. Eight brief, four- to eight-page chapters written in an engaging, lively prose cover Champlain's early years in France and his experiences in Canada from 1603 until his death in 1635. Frequent sidebars add information without disrupting the flow of the text. Back matter includes mysteries about Champlain's life and describes historic sites and monuments. Libraries that own the earlier title will want to update with this handsomely laid out book, while those that have more standard biographies, such as William J. Jacobs's Champlain: A Life of Courage (Watts, 1994; o.p.), can certainly use a more readable, attention-getting treatment.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770490871
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 1/18/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 1,333,275
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Christopher Moore
Christopher Moore has been called Canada’s most versatile writer of history. His first book, Louisbourg Portraits, won a Governor General’s Award. The Story of Canada (co-authored with Janet Lunn), a history of Canada for young people, won the Mr. Christie’s Award for Children’s Books. The Big Book of Canada: Exploring the Provinces and Territories was published by Tundra in 2002 to great critical acclaim. Christopher Moore also co-authored the authoritative Illustrated History of Canada and wrote 1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal. Christopher Moore writes a column for The Beaver. Visit his website at christophermoore.ca.

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Biography

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Christ's wisecracking childhood pal is brought back from the dead to chronicle the Messiah's "missing years"...

A mild-mannered thrift shop owner takes a job harvesting souls for the Grim Reaper...

Whence come these wonderfully weird scenarios? From the fertile imagination of Christopher Moore, a cheerfully demented writer whose absurdist fiction has earned him comparisons to master satirists like Kurt Vonnegut, Terry Pratchett, and Douglas Adams.

Ever since his ingenious debut, 1992's Practical Demonkeeping, Moore has attracted an avid cult following. But, over the years, as his stories have become more multi-dimensional and his characters more morally complex, his fan base has expanded to include legions of enthusiastic general readers and appreciative critics.

Asked where his colorful characters come from, Moore points to his checkered job resume. Before becoming a writer, he worked at various times as a grocery clerk, an insurance broker, a waiter, a roofer, a photographer, and a DJ -- experiences he has mined for a veritable rogue's gallery of unforgettable fictional creations. Moreover, to the delight of hardcore fans, characters from one novel often resurface in another. For example, the lovesick teen vampires introduced in 1995's Bloodsucking Fiends are revived (literally) for the 2007 sequel You Suck -- which also incorporates plot points from 2006's A Dirty Job.

For a writer of satirical fantasy, Moore is a surprisingly scrupulous researcher. In pursuit of realistic details to ground his fiction, he has been known to immerse himself in marine biology, death rituals, Biblical scholarship, and Goth culture. He has been dubbed "the thinking man's Dave Barry" by none other than The Onion, a publication with a particular appreciation of smart humor.

As for story ideas, Moore elaborates on his website: "Usually [they come] from something I read. It could be a single sentence in a magazine article that kicks off a whole book. Ideas are cheap and easy. Telling a good story once you get an idea is hard." Perhaps. But, to judge from his continued presence on the bestseller lists, Chris Moore appears to have mastered the art.

Good To Know

In researching his wild tales, Moore has done everything from taking excursions to the South Pacific to diving with whales. So what is left for the author to tackle? He says he'd like to try riding an elephant.

One of the most memorably weird moments in Moore's body of work is no fictional invention. The scene in Bloodsucking Fiendswhere the late-night crew of a grocery store bowls with frozen turkeys is based on Moore's own experiences bowling with frozen turkeys while working the late shift at a grocery store.

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    1. Hometown:
      Hawaii and San Francisco, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 5, 1958
    2. Place of Birth:
      Toledo, Ohio

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