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Canadian Book Reading for Children

"The Flying Canoe"

The final book reading session of 2015 will feature “The Flying Canoe”, a classic French-Canadian folktale which ushers in the New Year. On New Year’s eve, 1847, eleven-year-old Baptiste finds himself far from his friends and family and his home in La Beauce. He has come to the woods of the Ottawa Valley to live and work among “the finest lumberjacks in Canada.” As the New Year approaches, Baptiste and the lumberjacks grow more and more homesick. Resolved to see their families again before the stroke of midnight, the crew board a magical canoe that lifts them into the air, across villages, and closer to home. This book is a wonderful introduction to Canada’s holiday season and a great chance to learn about Canada’s diverse holiday traditions.

Book information:

Title: "The Flying Canoe"
Author: Roch Carrier
Illustrator: Sheldon Cohen
Publisher: Tundra Books, 2004

Date & hours: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 (16:30 - 17:30)

Place: Embassy of Canada E.H. Norman Library (B2 level)

Age limit: 4 to 10 years

Language: English/Japanese with French highlights

Capacity: 25 children, plus their parents/guardians

Participation: Free of charge

  • Individual reservation should be made by fax to 03-5412-6287 or by e-mail (link to, indicating the names of participants and ages of children in your message.
  • Reservation will be closed when we reach maximum enrolment.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Visitor access to the Embassy of Canada requires photo identification


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