Evangeline and The Acadians


The tale of the Acadians and their exile from Nova Scotia plays against the backdrop of one of literature's premier love stories in this prose presentation.

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The tale of the Acadians and their exile from Nova Scotia plays against the backdrop of one of literature's premier love stories in this prose presentation.

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Children's Literature
From the first days that the French settlers landed in the Canadian area now called Nova Scotia in the early 1600s, they knew hardship and struggle. Largely fishermen and farmers, they tried to live in peace under British rule, but tensions continued to grow as England and France periodically went to war over the next century. In 1755, after a final peace was declared to end the Seven Years War (The French and Indian War), the English forced the Acadians off their land and burned their farms and crops. About 5,000 to 7,000 Acadians, with only what little they could carry, were herded onto ships, sometimes separated from their families, and dispersed. Gradually, some of the Acadians found their way to the French colony that is now the state of Louisiana where they settled in the bayou country and lived by farming, fishing, and trapping. Originally published in 1957, the book has an old-fashioned flavor. Nevertheless, Robert Tallant, who has written extensively about Louisiana's history, writes a sympathetic, factual account of the history and culture of the people we now know as Cajuns and whose story Longfellow memorialized in his epic poem Evangeline. 2000 (orig. 1957), Pelican. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: Valerie O. Patterson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565540903
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: Pelican ed
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,542,977
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT TALLANT (1909-1957) was one of Louisiana's best-known authors and a participant in the WPA Writers' Project during the 1930s and 1940s. During the last years of his life, he was a lecturer in English at Newcomb College.

Illustrator Corrine Boyd Dillon was a native of Kentucky, and her illustrations regularly appeared in national magazines. Illustrating children's books and young adult novels such as Evangeline and the Acadians gave her great joy.

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