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Cartier Sails the St. Lawrence by Esther Holder Averill

We’re studying Canadian history next year and I’m slowly gathering a booklist.  Many of the best books are old, out of print, and difficult to get even by interlibrary loan.

So I’m very grateful to Mama Squirrel of Dewey’s Treehouse for discovering an ebook version of Cartier Sails the St. Lawrence by Esther Holden Averill.  This biography will be a wonderful addition to our Canadian history studies next year.  To top it all off, it’s free and available in various ebook formats.


  1. Leanne says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice to have a literature-based Canadian history curriculum all put together already? We’re studying pioneers in the Fall and casually over the summer. It’s hard to find historical fiction from a Canadian perspective.

    1. Annie Kate says:

      There are a lot of old books, but they are not easy to locate. We snap them up from second hand stores and use interlibrary loan. If you are on the CM Canada group, this topic often comes up and you can find many helpful titles.

      Donna Ward has put together a literature based Canadian History curriculum and so has Heather Penner. We’ll be using both of them in the fall.

  2. Alissa Finlay says:

    I’m curious what age/form you used this with. It’s under consideration for me with my 6.5 year old Form 1b. But, I also just noticed AO’s current Canada suggestions list a shorter one. I’m going to look it over from the library. But, curious if you would think this book might be too much for a 6 yo?

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