Journal of Etienne Mercier

Journal of Etienne Mercier

by David Bouchard, Gordon Miller
     
 

In this highly imaginative picturebook for readers of all ages, David Bouchard has created the journal of Etienne Mercier, an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company, sent up the west coast in 1853 to record the lifestyle of the Haida people of the Queen Charlotte Islands. Though he has spent his life as a voyageur, a trapper and a coureur de bois, Etienne has the good…  See more details below

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In this highly imaginative picturebook for readers of all ages, David Bouchard has created the journal of Etienne Mercier, an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company, sent up the west coast in 1853 to record the lifestyle of the Haida people of the Queen Charlotte Islands. Though he has spent his life as a voyageur, a trapper and a coureur de bois, Etienne has the good fortune to be able to both write and paint.

Etienne sets out on his journey eager for the opportunity to once again establish contact with his friend Clement. In fractured English, he records the wonders of native cultures very different from any he has previously experienced. He describes the Winter Dance ceremony, a potlatch, an encounter with a Haida raiding party, paddling with a pod of killer whales, and, perhaps above all, the wonderful hospitality of the people he visits. All the while he sketches and paints fabulous pictures of what he sees. And finally he finds his friend.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
The Queen Charlotte Islands off of British Columbia in 1853, is the vividly recreated setting for this picture book facsimile of the journal of a fictitious French explorer. Etienne Mercier describes himself as, "a voyageur, a trappeur, a coureur de bois and other things." The aged paper and detailed drawings and paintings, combined with Etienne's heavily accented, part French writing style, reflect Haida Indian and French voyageur culture and lifestyle in an authentic way. The French/English dialect, small stylized print and longer than average length, help make this picture book more appropriate for older children, teens and even adults. Maps, a CD and excerpts of French songs are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551431284
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
GIFT
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.44(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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