A Porcupine in a Pine Tree: A Canadian 12 Days of Christmas

Hardcover | October 1, 2010

byHelaine BeckerIllustratorWerner Zimmermann

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A hilarious cast of distinctively Canadian characters populate these Twelve Days of Christmas!

Christmas, as only Canadians can celebrate! Where else do Mounties frolic, squirrels enjoy a fine game of curling, and hockey players mark the season as lords-a-leaping?

This hilarious, tongue-in-cheek re-setting of the popular Christmas carol is the perfect gift for Canadians new and old, young and young-at-heart.

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A hilarious cast of distinctively Canadian characters populate these Twelve Days of Christmas!Christmas, as only Canadians can celebrate! Where else do Mounties frolic, squirrels enjoy a fine game of curling, and hockey players mark the season as lords-a-leaping?This hilarious, tongue-in-cheek re-setting of the popular Christmas carol ...

HELAINE BECKER is also the author of another retelling of a classic, The Haunted House That Jack Built and The Hilarious History of Hockey, also published by Scholastic this fall. She lives in Toronto, ON. WERNER ZIMMERMANN is a well-known illustrator whose works include the Farmer Joe series, Snow Day!, The Pirates of Captain McKee...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10.5 × 10.48 × 0.3 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:054598663X

ISBN - 13:9780545986632

Appropriate for ages: 3

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from i should also mention Even though the Toronto maple leafs show up in the book, Montreal Canadian fans can appreciate the fact that in the illustrations the Leafs are always reaching for the stanley cup but never get it :P I'm not sure if this was done on purpose by the illustrator/author...but my husband found it pretty funny
Date published: 2015-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable and Funny Sure to become a family favourite :)
Date published: 2015-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great Canadian book! A fun bedtime read. We love it, eh!
Date published: 2014-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Proud to be Canadian, eh! Fantastic book celebrating the culmination of what makes our country great! Very amusing pictures and I loved the ending! So much fun!
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomeness This book is a wonderful story for the whole family. My children got into it from the first time we read (sang) it together. The illustrations are wonderful. The variety of poses for the items in the 12 days is awesome. Kids love the story and the illustrations. It was a great story to read as a family and one they have asked for numerous times this holiday season.
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated out of 5 by from This book is one of a kind in a way. It is funny and the kids I gave it to all love to read. They have even turned it into an hide and seek and counting game. They trying to find the different animals on the pages and also count the number of items on each page. It is a enjoy to read over and over and makes me laugh each time.
Date published: 2013-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing Had a glance through the book last evening. A great book for kids of all ages. Will be buying one to go home at new years with exchange teachers & family from Australia. A true Canadian gift for the children.
Date published: 2012-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great Canadian Christmas book! I love the holidays–the taste of hot chocolate, the sound of Christmas carols, the smell of pine or cinnamon. It’s the best. What’s even better is finding a Canadian-themed Christmas book. A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, by Helaine Becker, who resides in Toronto, is possibly one of the cutest books I have ever seen for the holidays and is one that would make a great gift for anyone–child or adult, but definitely one who’s Canadian. Have I ever mentioned how much I love where I live? I love the seasons, especially the snow falling in the wintertime. I might not like hockey, per se, but I do like how it signals the beginning of new seasons, starting in the Fall, going through Winter, and ending in the Spring (although some Canadians play it year-round!). I love the wildlife; seeing a huge moose walking through the yard, or hearing about a bear wandering up into the neighbour’s yard. I just think it’s a beautiful and great country to live in. Which is why I adore this book. I read it at the library I volunteer at–every year they have a book fair and end up buying new books for the library, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree being one of them. As I was going through the new books and getting them ready for the shelf, I just had to stop and read it. It’s a short read, like any 12 days of Christmas book, but it’s not the story that grabbed me so much as the illustrations by Werner Zimmermann. They’re priceless! Naturally, everything in the small picture book is Canadian-themed: you have the Leafs a Leaping (as in nine Toronto Maple Leafs), who are in fact leaping after the Stanley Cups, trying to catch one of them, the Mounties are marching, the bears are dancing, and the list goes on. After turning each page I’d laugh to myself at how stereotypically Canadian the whole story is–it really is a wonderful read! I’m sure some people will complain about the choice of hockey team, but when you read it to your family, you can change it to your favourite team–or it’ll give you something to laugh about! So, if you’re looking for a Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy-for Canadian friend or family member, give this a whirl. I’m sure they’ll enjoy it just as much as I did!
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Cute I thought this book was adorable. I didn't notice the "Canadian" part in the title when I purchased it, and when I sat down to read it with my three year old, I thought the Canadian spin was terrific. It is hard not to 'sing' it, instead of read it though, and my son apparently doesn't like my singing voice as he let me know!
Date published: 2011-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved the idea! Loved it up until the toronto maple leafs showed up in the book! I would have bought it for both of my nieces but their parents are hockey fans of other teams! Too bad you can't choose a book online with whatever hockey team you're a fan of :)
Date published: 2011-11-16

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Porcupine in a Pine Tree:Globe and Mail Bestseller CBC Bestseller Quill & Quire Bestseller CBA BestellerWinner, CBA Libris Awards - Picture Book of the Year, 2011Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2011CBC Children's Book Pick, 2011OLA Best Bets, 2010Resource Links, Year's Best 2010"It's virtually impossible to resist singing along." -Quill and Quire"[Porcupine] tops my list of favourites . . . a fine gift for all ages." -The Montreal Gazette"A super-serving of Canadiana in perfect time for the holidays . . . quite irresistible." -CM Magazine"This is Canadiana Christmas at its best- it's impossible not to sing or laugh along." -Canadian Bookseller Magazine"The classic holiday book A Porcupine in a Pine Tree is made all the more sweet with cozy cuddle and a soft stuffie that's just the right size for wee hands." -Canadian Family