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Children's LiteratureLouis Hemon (1880-1913) emigrated from France to Canada in 1911, fell in love with Quebec, and was run over by a train in 1913—a month after he had submitted the manuscript of his epic tale, Maria Chapdelaine, to Le Temps in Paris. Published in Canada in 1916, it has since become the quintessential novel of French Canadian life. The story of lovely young Maria's life and loves amid the chill hardness facing pioneering Quebecoise is here abridged for a younger audience. The artist Rajka Kupesic's graceful naive paintings have the look of a medieval calendar in a book of hours, her seasons pinpointing the labors thereof with brilliant color and simplicity. The shy beauty of Maria herself is set against this changing landscape with a knowingness that only comes from a deep love of the land. This is a beautiful and moving book. 2004, Tundra, Ages 5 to 10.