Geared toward children in primary through to grade three, ABC Acadie focuses on what the Acadian community looked like before the Expulsion. Readers meet a variety of characters from Glooscap to the Mi’kmaq people, a sea captain, and British soldiers. Children learn about weaving and willow whistles, dikes, and what it’s like to dig for clams.
This book is educational, engaging and entertaining – not an easy task for any age. The wee stories accompanying the ABC’s are not only based on facts, they are also imaginative and fun. The illustrations are poignant and colourful, and help to flesh out the historical context visually. It is clear that the author and illustrator are steeped in Acadian history and are passionate for the subject matter.
Bonus: parents or teachers have access to several pages of notes in the back of the book. These notes (all illustrated) give additional information, which provide rich background material to some of the words, customs and legends of the Acadians and their ancestry.
By Mary Alice Downie, illustrations by Anne LeBlanc
$17.95, paperback, 48 pp.
Quarry Press, August 2014