6 X 9 inches, 72 pages
An Ojibway Legend of the North
Line drawings by Luc Robert
AN ANCIENT LOVE STORY SET IN THE WILD and romantic northland. Based on the Ojibway legend, this present-tense narrative tells of the beautiful Greenmantle, the only daughter of Ogamar Eagle, the mighty Chief of the vast Algoma domain. Wearing the amulet of power, she is captured by the Sioux and held in ransom for her people's 'hidden land rich with everything for the good of man.' But Ogama Dog, her abductor, is not good. Thus begins the story that explodes into a chain of events comprising the exciting legend of Greenmantle.
"With romanticism and a strong sense of the natural and cultural environment of the characters, Villeneuve's story, illustrated with Luc Robert's primitive but strangely effectice woodblock prints, is an exceptionally sensitive book, imbued with respect for the legend and the people who originally told it."
Perhaps better known for her writing of French-language stories, poetry and journalism, Jocelyne Villeneuve was nonetheless no stranger to publishing in English. She lived in Sudbury, where she was a champion of Franco-Ontarian culture. Wheel-chair confined as a result of illness and a car accident in 1967, the former librarian worked for many years as a freelance writer.