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Home for Christmas

TitleHome for Christmas
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsKessler, Deirdre, and P. John Burden
PublisherPottersfield Press
CityPorters Lake, N.S
DescriptorsAcadian; Christmas; English Language; Nova Scotia; Picture Book; Prince Edward Island; United States

Tired of living with her condescending Bostonian aunt, Ella runs away to join her Acadian grandmother on Prince Edward Island. The author of this picture book, which was published in Nova Scotia, is a resident of Prince Edward Island. It is written in third person, past tense, though favours dialogue between characters. The illustrations, by P. John Burden, are dark, moody, black and white (more black than white) pencil sketches with watercolour wash.


Prince Edward Island; Nova Scotia

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"Upstairs, she went to her trunk of belongings and felt for the letter she had hidden in a winter coat. It was a letter she had hidden to her mother from Grandma Gallant. Grandma had known Ella's mother was going to die. Somehow she had known, and written her daughter a letter filled with secrets" (8).

"'Goin' across, youngster?' a man asked. 'You'd better hurry. Not too many crossings when the ice is bad.'
      Ella gave a start. 'Oh, yes! I'm crossing! Where do I go?'
     'You a girl, or what?' the man asked in surprise at hearing Ella's high voice.
     'Um...just go on down this road and you'll see the Northern Light where she's docked. Good luck to you.' 'Thank you,' said Ella, hurrying to the wharf" (18).