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Claire's Gift


  • Winner, Mr. Christie's Book Award, 2000
  • Short-listed, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year For Children, 2000
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2000
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 2000

Claire's Gift Canadian Title

By Maxine Trottier   Illustrated by Rajka Kupesic   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9780439988605 Paperback
32 Pages | 7.99" x 10.01" | Ages 4 to 8

Claire is homesick visiting her great aunt in Chet camp, Cape Breton Island. But then she sees her Tante Marie hooking one of the beautiful wool rugs for which Chéticamp is famous. Claire starts her own rug and, stitch by stitch, she lets Tante Marie and all of Chéticamp into her heart, and a little bit of her heart into her work. Claire's Gift combines lyrical storytelling with stunning illustrations to bring to life a community and its most cherished art form.

Raves & reviews:

“French words and phrases scattered throughout the text contribute to the authenticity of the setting of the story. Rajka Kupesic's beautiful paintings combine a naive style with fine detail to effectively depict the story's historical setting . . . Highly recommended.” (Canadian Book Review Annual) “Oil on linen folk art paintings glow from the pages of this book . . . A beautifully composed book.” (The Globe and Mail)