Author: Preus, Margi
In 1792, Jean Pierre Petit Le Rouge, a squirrel, eager for adventure, stows away in the canoe of a group of voyageurs, unaware of what they are traveling so far to trade. Includes pronunciation guide, historical notes, and a recipe.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 506782
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/20)
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Booklist - 12/15/2019 It's 1792, and Jean Pierre Petit Le Rouge, a squirrel who has always longed to be a voyageur, stows away in a canoe paddling west from Montreal. He annoys his fellow voyageurs (humans all) with his incessant chirring, chewing holes in their food bags, and being generally useless during portages. Only the book-loving Jean Gentille takes a liking to him, protecting him when the rest of the brigade threatens to make soup of him. But when they arrive at a trading post on Lake Superior, Le Rouge abandons the group after discovering the true purpose of their voyage: obtaining furs. Preus' text is rich in setting detail, especially regarding the natural world that the voyageurs traverse. She also excels at integrating French vocabulary into the story and appends a pronunciation guide. Pilgrim's frequent black-and-white illustrations help to clarify details and break up the text for younger readers. The ending, in which Le Rouge and flying squirrel Monique team up to produce their own petite brigade, will please readers willing to overlook the questionable science. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.