The Little Train of the North

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The Little Train of the North

Isabelle Charbonneau

We’re leaving Mont-Laurier. The conductor shouts loud and clear,
“All aboard! The train’s ready, so clear off the track.”
Ms. Raccoon and her kits, Mr. Turkey, Whitetail Deer,
Take your seats! Off we steam, chug-clickety-clack.


This playful and vibrantly coloured children’s book invites young and old for a ride in the beautiful Laurentians of Quebec, showing them its fauna and historical heritage. Leaving Mont-Laurier, the train welcomes animals aboard from station to station as we follow their adventures until they arrive in Saint-Jérôme.

It also has a precious “Hide and Seek” game which introduces children to the observation of more than 60 animals and insects of the Laurentians.

I wanted to treat myself by creating this book: it is a journey to the land of my imagination, a graphic exploration in the service of my own text... In this children’s book, I can give free rein to the poetry and sensitivity that inhabits me while paying tribute to the heritage of my region. Isabelle Charbonneau


Release: July 2020
Size: 8.5 x 8.75 inches
Number of pages : 40 pages
ISBN : 978-2-9816003-8-7
Price: 19,95 $
Type: Children’s Picture book
Target audience: From 3 years old
Themes: Trains, Quebec fauna and flora, historical heritage, Laurentians, ecology.

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Isabelle has been an illustrator and author of children’s books for over 20 years. Over time and with her training as a graphic designer, she naturally took the responsibility of coordinating the publishing projects of her clientele, accompanying them in the process of producing a book, from the idea to the release, from the book to the printer. It is with the assurance of her years of experience that she launches out this time in the production of her own book.