THE LETTER ON THE TREE by Natalic Savage Carlson


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The author of the Orphelines has returned to the French Canadian setting of Jean Clande's Island (1963- p. 109, J-43). In his own distinctive speech rhythm, Bebert Caron talks about himself, his family, his school in New Brunswick, his farm. He tells us that he loves the accordion music on radio station CHLT, and what hard work it is to milk the cow, Brunaude. One day, he attaches a letter to some Christmas trees to be shipped to the States. In it he had written that he was very poor and that he wanted an accordion. When he receives a letter and $20.00 from a boy his own age Debert is very ashamed and, with the help of a tramp living on the Caron property, fixes up an old sugar cabin as a vacation home for the American boy and his family. An intimate and honest portrait of a young boy and his French Canadian home.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1964
Publisher: Harper & Row