Crazy Canuck Blog Hop!

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crazycanuckbloghopThe theme of the blog hop is ‘Fill Your Devices with Canadian Authors.’

I thought I would mention a few of my favourite Canadian authors. I have greatly enjoyed:

L.M. Montgomery, author of the Anne of Green Gables series, Emily of New Moon, Jane of Lantern Hill, and many more. Her books are set in Canada as well, mostly the Island. My first L.M. Montgomery book was Jane of Lantern Hill, and I fell in love with L.M. Montgomery and Prince Edward Island. As have many others!

“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Robert Munsch, author of Love You Forever, Paper Bag Princess, and Murmel Murmel Murmel. Love You Forever was the first Munsch book that I read, and it took a lot of practice to be able to read it without crying. I love the story behind Munsch’s inspiration for Love You Forever. And now my baby is big enough to pick me up and carry me! A number of Munsch’s books have very Canadian backdrops—Moose, 50 Below Zero, and A Promise is a Promise, for example.

My son’s favourite quote from Munsch:

Clang Clang Rattle Bing Bang, Gonna make my noise all day!

Robert Munsch, Mortimer

And one of mine:

Prince Ronald said, Elizabeth, your hair is all dirty. You are wearing an ugly paper bag. You don’t have any shoes on and you smell like a dragon’s ear. Come back and rescue me when you’re dressed like a real princess.

Elizabeth said, Ronald, your hair is all nice. Your clothes are all pretty. You look like a nice guy, but guess what? You are a bum.

They didn’t get married after all.

Robert Munsch, Paper Bag Princess

Farley Mowat, author of Owls in the Family, Never Cry Wolf, The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be, and Lost in the Barrens. Lots of plots based in northern Canada. Owls in the Family was my fire book by Mowat, and one of these days I’m going to have to read it. I am also fascinated by animal behaviour books, such as Jane Goodall’s works, and Never Cry Wolf enthralled me.

We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be—the mythologized epitome of a savage ruthless killer—which is, in reality, no more than a reflected image of ourself.

Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf

I’m going to throw in a couple of Canadian poets.

John McCrae, author of In Flanders Fields. I don’t know if U.S. students are required to memorize In Flanders Fields like Canadian students are! This poem is a staple for Remembrance Day ceremonies across Canada.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae, In Flanders Fields

Robert W. Service, author of The Cremation of Sam McGee and the Shooting of Dan McGrew. If you are not familiar with these Canadian staples, you really have to read them! I remember doing a Reader’s Theatre presentation of The Cremation of Sam McGee in grade six.

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.

Robert W. Service, The Cremation of Sam McGee

Those are some of my favourite Canadian authors! Go to Rafflecopter to enter the draw!

Comments

  1. interesting list; no favs

  2. Great post! Thanks for participating. Happy New Year!

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