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Ice Floes and Frost

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Des amis pour Léonie
Mireille Villeneuve
Illustrations: Anne Villeneuve
Saint-Lambert, Québec: Dominique et compagnie, 2004. 39 p.
(Roman rouge; 24)
ISBN 2895123632
Ages 7 to 9

Little Léonie has just moved into a new neighbourhood and hasn't made any friends yet. Her father leaves her with Mamie Giroflée, her new Creole-speaking babysitter. After they put up the Christmas decorations together, Léonie goes outside to play. While building a snowman she meets Kim, of Chinese descent, Nicolina, from Italy and Raphaël, originally from Haiti.

The themes of multi-ethnicity and being open to new experiences are explored by the writer with tenderness and finesse. The small colour illustrations complement the text. A winning combination!


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