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Ice Floes and Frost

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La perruque de monsieur Lanoix
Mireille Villeneuve
Illustrations: Bruce Roberts
Montréal : Les 400 Coups, 2002. 32 p.
(Les petits albums)
ISBN 289540044X
Ages 7 to 9

Toupet Lanoix sets up a stall at the side of the road to sell his best vegetables to the townsfolk, especially the lovely Pauline, who arrives every Saturday on her bicycle. After numerous blunders, the two main characters, who are the most timid people on the face of the Earth, finally find themselves drawn together, and happily fall in love. Out of love for and in order to satisfy his darling's desires, Toupet manages the impossible, to grow tomatoes in the winter.

The lively ink drawings provide an original accompaniment to the text. This charming story deals in a sensitive manner with the issue of shyness and how adults fall in love.


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