General Store Publishing House

General Store Publishing House

December 10, 2010 12:00 ET

Flying in for Christmas!

A New Old Ottawa Valley Tale

RENFREW, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2010) - Shelley Posen's The Christmas Canoe is an instant hit with both young and old! In this delightful turnabout of a classic Quebec folktale, Pere Noel arrives at an old-time Ottawa Valley lumber shanty in a flying canoe. With his elf voyageurs, he brings the snowbound crew a Christmas reveillon they'll never forget.

Nor will you. The Christmas Canoe is a colorful glimpse into the Valley logging camps and camboose shanties of old, warm as a pot of baked beans, satisfying as the thunk of an axe in a pine log. Valley folklore is made new: a Christmas tree grows through the floor, a Christmas feast magically appears, loggers and voyageurs sing and dance to welcome in Christmas Eve, with Pere Noel master of the revels.

Shelley Posen, a Canadian singer and a folklorist, wore both hats ― performer and scholar ― to blend old and new, fact and fancy, and the lore of the Ottawa Valley's Irish and French communities, to create this charming new traditional tale, told in rhyming verse: "I spent most of my youth cutting timber for Booth, the Ottawa's old lumber king . . . ." Magdalene Carson's witty, detailed, and historically accurate illustrations delight the eye.

The Christmas Canoe was published by General Store Publishing House, of Renfrew, Ontario. Available at:;;; and selected Chapters and Indigo book stores. 

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