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The Red Scarf

by Anne Villeneuve

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list price: $19.99
edition:Hardcover
published: 2010
ISBN:9780887769894
publisher: Tundra
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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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The Red Scarf

Meet Turpin, surely one of the more determined taxi drivers in the world. One day he transports a mysterious man to his destination. Alas, Turpin discovers that the man has left his red scarf behind. He calls out to him, but the cloaked man disappears inside a tent. In his quest to bring man and scarf back together, our intrepid driver unknowingly enters the behind-the-scenes circus world where he encounters many memorable characters and finds himself in the centre ring of the circus. The red scarf is intercepted by mischievous circus monkeys and Turpin is forced to walk the tightrope in order to retrieve it. Suddenly he loses his balance and falls directly into a trunk which belongs to the mysterious passenger... a magician! Wild applause ensues, and the lovable Turpin is given the red scarf as a souvenir of his experience. He happily drives off in his taxi, only to accidentally leave his own hat behind.

This fantastical story begins with these words: “‘Another gray day,’ says Turpin, the taxi driver.” This is the entire text, making this book, in its experiences, universal. What a marvelous adventure is woven from the colourful, uninhibited oil pastel illustrations! Anne Villeneuve’s exuberant artwork takes the reader on an extraordinary journey. Her cartoon-like characters express such a variety of emotions that a text is never required. Readers will easily be able to follow the action – and there is plenty of it!

This story was first published in French as L’echarpe rouge and was awarded the 2000 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustration (French).

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2010. Vol.33 No.1.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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The Red Scarf

One day a taxi driver finds a red scarf left behind in his cab by a customer. Determined to find the scarf’s owner, the cabbie unknowingly walks into a world filled with strange characters. Before he knows it, the cabbie becomes part of the show. Young readers will relish this almost wordless picture book about a seemingly ordinary day that quickly turns into an extraordinary adventure. This book was first published in French as the award-winning L’écharpe rouge.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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Amazing stories can be told with almost no words, as Anne Villeneuve demonstrates in The Red Scarf, originally published in French as L’echarpe rouge.

One day, a taxi driver finds a red scarf left behind in his cab by a customer. Determined to find the scarf’s owner, the cabbie unknowingly walks into a world filled with strange characters: a friendly lizard, a mischievous bear, a fearsome lion and his tamer, a daredevil, and a mysterious magician. Before he knows it, the cabbie becomes part of the show. Young readers will relish this almost wordless picture book about a seemingly ordinary day, which quickly turns into an extraordinary adventure.

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Contributor notes

ANNE VILLENEUVE’s art has appeared in magazines, ads, and so many children’s books that she’s lost count. Her illustrations for children’s books have won her many honors, including the Governor General’s Literary Award – Children’s Illustration and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for L’echarpe rouge (The Red Scarf), which she both wrote and illustrated. According to Anne, happiness can be found at the end of a dock. She loves Romeo and Juliette, her cats. They like her too, as long as she gives them food. Anne Villeneuve lives in Quebec.

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Anne Villeneuve

Anne Villeneuve has written and illustrated close to 40 books, created games for magazines, illustrated for newspapers and designed cake boxes for a bakery. Over the years, her work has earned her many distinguished recognitions, such as the Governor General's Literary Award and the Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles Literary Award in 2000, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in 2005 and 2009, and the Mr. Christie's Book Award in 1998.
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