Saturday, 1 June 2013

Booking Across Canada with Please Louise

Hi there! I'm linking up with Reading with Miss D for the Booking Across Canada Party.
Basically, I am supposed to share a book that is representative of my province. Quebec, BTW:) So, here it is...BUT, it is more of an author who represents my province. Her name is 
Marie Louise Gay
   and these are just a few of her amazing books.

She is a fantastic author and illustrator, who was born in Quebec City and now lives in Montreal. My absolute favourite of all of her books is Please Louise.

Why I Like It: When school first begins and I get a batch of new firsties, I am dealing with so many things. I know I don't have to explain this to you, you get me. And once things start rolling along and I feel that my kids are ready to go a bit deeper into the books I read to them and maybe begin some kind of connecting, I use Please Louise. I use it because it is a sure fire connect book for any kid. I haven't met a kid yet that could not connect to this book. My kids are also french speaking, so the fact that they are able to get this story in both languages from me and from the French teacher is an added bonus. It is complete understanding for them.

The Story: This is the story of an older brother and younger sister who don't always live harmoniously together. Imagine! Louise bugs her older brother, Jake so much that he just eventually wishes she would go away. It becomes a lesson in - be careful what you wish for- and ends more than happily. I LOVE it.
If it is not part of your classroom library yet, it is so worth it. You won't be disappointed. Marie Louise Gay is actually the illustrator in Please Louise. Although it is my favourite, all of her books sit on the shelf of honour in my classroom. I am truly a fan and always will be. That fact that she's from Quebec, well...that I am just extra proud of.
Have a great week!


  1. I adore Stella but have never read Please Louise......thanks for the tip! Love the Canadiana :)

  2. I am not familiar with any of these books, so thank you! They are now on my wish list!
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  3. Those books look fabulous! I haven't read those to mu class but will definitely be purchasing them for next year. Thanks so much for sharing!!! I created a link up on my blog so my blog followers can find these great shares. Also I think my All About Alberta writing maps and readers that I made for Booking Across Canada would be a great addition for your class. You can grab it for FREE today only :)

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  4. I love the books by Marie Louise Gay - I love Stella and Sam!! I am always happy when one of her books shows up in the Blue Spruce nominations, it reminds me to introduce my students to her work.

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  5. I love Stella! I will have to check out some of the others! I am having a “Tour My Blog” linky party...stop by and link up! It is a great way for bloggers and their viewers to learn about your blog! I would love for you to join me!

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  6. Sam and Stella are firm favourites in my class. I will have to check out Please Louise.

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  7. Great post Leslie! I didn't realize that the creator of "Stella" was Canadian. My kids loves those books!