THE GREAT CANOE by Adelaide eitch


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Roughly following one of Champlain's war parties cum exploration by canoe, this features Gros-Louis, a Huron Indian boy who realizes his ambition to join the older members of his tribe in the war canoe he helped them make to honor Champlain. As the only member of his tribe to heed the warnings of the medicine man, he is, naturally, of the greatest help to them and even saves Champlain's neck. The Indians speak like Quakers gone berserk with Biblical formality. This, combined with the usual Hiawatha type of Indian name, makes reading a chore. The black and white line drawings might have been done from stills taken from any Grade D Injun movie and character development is stripped to the birch bark.

Publisher: St Martin's Press