June 11, 2013

Acadian romance

Evangeline for Young Readers
(Nimbus Publishing)
by Hélène Boudreau
illustrated by Patsy MacKinnon

Evangeline is the Acadian heroine of the epic poem of the same name by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It tells the story of Evangeline's search for her lost love Gabriel after the forced deportation of the Acadians from Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia. Romantic and tragic, the poem became one of Longfellow's most well-known works. It also did much to honor Acadian history and identity.

Evangeline for Young Readers is a prose retelling of Longfellow's poem by Acadian author Hélène Boudreau. Her simple, yet lyrical words echo the rhythms of Longfellow's metre, while the division into chapters make the poem easily accessible and understood by young readers aged six and up. Boudreau manages to capture the feelings and emotions of the people of Grand-Pré, aided by MacKinnon's gentle watercolours.

For those interested in the original poem or would like to have a French version, visit the Nimbus website at http://www.nimbus.ca/Search.aspx?k=evangeline.

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