Category Archives: Governor General’s Literary

The Lion And The Bird

The Lion And The Bird A heartwarming friendship builds between a lion and a bird after the bird’s wing is injured. The lion generously offers to care for the bird during the winter. Eventually, the bird’s flock returns signaling their parting. One autumn day the pair are reunited and “stay warm again this winter”. Impressive use of splendid illustrations, created using muted washes of brown, blue, and green colored pencil, conveys the changing of seasons and characters’ emotions. Everyone will be delighted along with the lion when  he hears one single note. ema
Title: The Lion And The Bird
Author: Marianne Dubuc
Illustrator
: Marianne Dubuc
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Claudia Z. Bedrick
Original Title
: Les éditions de la Pastèque
Original Publisher: Le lion et l’oiseau
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-151-3
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 4 up
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French Canadian
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Awards
: 2014 Governor General’s Literacy Award for Illustrations 
Subjects
: Birds, Helping Others,  Lions, Loneliness,  Nature, Unexpected Friendships, Seasons

Haiti My Country

Haiti My Country

Haiti My Country is a collection of poems written by Haitian children before the county’s earthquake in 2010. The authors of these poems about Haiti are from Camp Perrin which is a small village in the southern Republic of Haiti.  It is accompanied by illustrated portraits of the book’s poets recreated from photographs by Rogé. Though Haiti is typically associated with being a nation struck by poverty and the natural disasters which have occurred in the country in recent years, these young writers paint an optimistic, heartwarming, and beautiful picture of Haiti. These young writers’ contemplative poetry demonstrates how people can learn much from observing their surroundings. Haiti My Country will make readers see Haiti from a new viewpoint through the luscious descriptions of the vibrant landscape. The authors show how hope can be found everywhere. ema

Title: Haiti My Country
Author: Poems by Haitian children with preface by Dany Laferriére
Illustrator
: Rogé
Publisher
: Fifth House Publishers
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Solange Messier
Original Title
: Haïtimon Pays
Original Publisher
: La Bagnole
Original Copyright
: 2011
ISBN
: 978-1927083239
Paperback pages
: 44
Age range
: 6-10
Genre
: Poetry
Book setting
: Haiti
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Awards
: 2011 Governor General Finalist  in Children’s Illustration Category, 2011 Lauréat Prix Saint Exupéry French Category, 2012 White Ravens Selection
Subjects: Camp Perrin, Children Authors, Haiti, Hope, Love of Country,  Nature, Poetry, Schools, School Verse, Students, Writing

Once Upon A Northern Night

Once Upon A Northern Night Book CoverIn this enchanting, poetic lullaby, an unnamed narrator paints a picture of a northern winter night. It begins with one tiny snowflake. Soon the night sky is filled with “sparkling specks of white” and a mother deer and her dawn discover some frozen apples. A great gray owl, two snowshoe hares, an auburn fox, and a scurrying mouse all join the peaceful panorama. Bursts of color are added throughout the mostly sepia mixed-media illustrations until the final lavender and white shimmering double-page masterpiece- “And then I had the moon gently kiss you and the wind whisper…I love you.” This is a perfect bed-time read-aloud. mjw
Title: Once Upon A Northern Night
Author: Jean Pendziwol
Illustrator
: Isabelle Arsenault
Publisher
: Groundwood Books, Canada
Copyright
: 2013
Original language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-138-0
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Awards
: 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award Shortlist
Subjects
: Animals, Canada, Night, North America, Snow, Winter

Jane, The Fox And Me

Jane the Fox and Me Book Cover Adolescent Helene has been ostracized by girls who had once been her friends.  They scribble insults on the school walls and snicker about her on the bus.  Her escape is Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. When she goes on a camping trip with her class, she discovers an amazing red fox and a new friend, Geraldine.  The mixed-media illustrations alternate between Helene’s sad, black-and-white world and Jane Eyre’s bold colorful English countryside.  Helene’s world changes as she learns that she is worthy of friendship. mjw
Title: Jane, The Fox And Me
Author: Fanny Britt
Illustrator
: Isabelle Arsenault
Publisher
: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press
Copyright
: 2013
Original language
: French
Translator
: Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou
Original title
: Jane, le renard & moi
Original publisher
: Les Editions de la Pasteque
Original copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-360-5
Hardcover pages
: 101
Age range
: 10-14
Genre
: Graphic Novel
Author’s residence
: Canada
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Awards
: Governor General’s Literary Award, A New York Times Best Illustrated Book, YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens
Subjects
: Bullying, Canada, Charlotte Bronte, England, Europe, Jane Eyre, Foxes, Friendship, Graphic Novel, North America, Northern Europe