The Log Driver's Waltz by Wade HemsworthThe Log Driver's Waltz by Wade Hemsworth

The Log Driver's Waltz

byWade HemsworthIllustratorJennifer Phelan

Picture Books | September 25, 2018

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Acclaimed illustrator Jennifer Phelan reimagines Wade Hemsworth’s iconic log driver in a beautiful, contemporary picture-book adaptation of a beloved Canadian classic.

If you ask any girl from the parish around

What pleases her most from her head to her toes

She’ll say I'm not sure that it’s business of yours

But I do like to waltz with a log driver

Based on the perennially popular Canadian folk song and animated short film of the same name, The Log Driver’s Waltz showcases a spunky, independent young woman whose parents are keen for her to marry. The town’s well-to-do doctors, merchants, and lawyers try to impress her, but it’s the humble log driver—with his style, grace, and joie de vivre—who captures her attention. When she and the log driver finally meet on the dance floor, their joy leaps off the page.

With homages to the original film, and celebrating the flora, fauna, and folk art of this great land, The Log Driver’s Waltz brings a hallmark of Canadian childhood to life.
Title:The Log Driver's WaltzFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 12 × 10 × 0.5 inPublished:September 25, 2018Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1501161954

ISBN - 13:9781501161957


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such happy memories!!! I remember watching this on TV and singing along as a child. The illustrations and fun song even have my kids up dancing and singing. This will become a classic for young and old.
Date published: 2018-12-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible, not like the original at all! I bought this quickly yesterday, but even at 50% off I'm returning it. It's that bad. A girl falls in love with a log driver because he's good at waltzing. Not because he's kind, or a good person, or they share common interests, but because he can dance. Then she hops on a train and runs away with him in the end because her parents voice they'd rather her marry someone more financially successful. Who wants to read this to their child!? When you disagree with your parents, run away!?!?! I wish I could give this book less than 1 star.
Date published: 2018-11-24

Editorial Reviews

“A quintessentially Canadian picture book. . . . Gloriously illustrated by Toronto’s Jennifer Phelan. For all ages.”