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The Flying Canoe: A Christmas Story School & Library Binding – August 15, 2011


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  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • School & Library Binding: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823417301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823417308
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,762,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daniel San Souci was born in San Francisco, and grew up across the Bay in Berkeley, California. He attended the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. Over his twenty-year career as an author and illustrator, he has published nearly fifty children’s books, including thirteen with his brother, Robert.

Daniel lives in the East Bay hills with his wife Loretta, who is a children’s librarian. They have three children, Yvette, Justin, and Noelle.



Eric A. Kimmel is the celebrated author of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, also set in Ukraine. He lives in Oregon.

Justin San Souci is Daniel San Souci's son who was born in San Francisco, and grew up across the Bay in Berkeley, California. He attended the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. Over his twenty-year career as an author and illustrator, he has published nearly fifty children’s books, including thirteen with his brother, Robert.

Daniel lives in the East Bay hills with his wife Loretta, who is a children’s librarian. They have three children, Yvette, Justin, and Noelle.


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Eric A. Kimmel is a native New Yorker who lives in Oregon. He was born in Brooklyn, NY where he learned to love books and traditional stories from an early age. He could hear five different languages without leaving his block. Eric taught teachers as a professor of Education at Indiana University at South Bend and Portland State University. His favorite classes were children's literature, language arts, storytelling, and handwriting. He left the university in 1993 to become a full-time writer, a dream he had had since kindergarten.

Eric's books have won numerous awards. He and his wife Doris have traveled all over the world, sharing his books and stories with school children in China, Africa, and Turkey.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By White Fang on November 6, 2011
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"The Flying Canoe - A Christmas Story" is a 9 7/8 inch by 11 3/8 inch beautifully illustrated children's Christmas book. Each page is a full color full page illustration. Every other page contains the text of the story which is printed on top of the illustration. Most of the beautiful illustrations are night scenes which convey mystique and adventure. The story is based on an old French Canadian folktale which is also known as "The Bewitched Canoe". It is believed the origins of this Canadian folktale can be traced back to northern European legends of "The Wild Hunt" which had its roots in Norse mythology.

A group of six lonely fur traders find themselves in the dark and lonely forests of the Canadian wilderness on Christmas Eve. Each of them long for the comforts and joys of spending Christmas with their loved ones back home in Montreal. As the six Canadian fur traders are gathered around their campfire reminiscing about what it would be like to be back with their families, an unknown stranger appears and offers to grant them their wish to be with their families for Christmas. There is only one catch, that is, that no one would be able to speak a word until they made it safely home. Readers will have fun venturing who the stranger is. The six Canadian fur traders embark on their mystical journey home. They all get into a canoe and begin paddling. The canoe mysteriously rises high in the sky and swiftly glides through the sky. As they effortlessly glide through the sky, the fur traders realize at one point that they can travel a three days journey in less time than a human heartbeat. It has been a long time since the fur traders had been home. As they approach high above their hometown of Montreal they discover some very important changes in their families and their loved ones.
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