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A Porcupine in a Pine Tree

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree

by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Werner Zimmermann

ISBN 9781443146258 Board book
ISBN 9780545986632 Hardcover
15 Pages | 6.75" x 6.75" | Ages 0 to 3

A truly Canadian Christmas carol is now also available in a sturdy board book format!

This Canadian version of the Christmas song became an instant holiday classic. Now the whole family can join in the fun with this new, specially adapted board book version — the perfect first Christmas book for every preschooler on your list!

Enjoy all of Werner Zimmermann’s zany illustrations, count the characters from 1 to 12, and sing along. It’s Christmas as only Canadians can celebrate it — with squirrels curling, Mounties munching donuts, hockey players-a-leaping.... and A Porcupine in a Pine Tree!

Praise for A Porcupine in a Pine Tree:

Globe and Mail Bestseller
CBC Bestseller
Quill & Quire Bestseller
CBA Besteller
Winner, CBA Libris Awards - Picture Book of the Year, 2011
Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2011
CBC Children's Book Pick, 2011
OLA Best Bets, 2010
Resource Links, Year's Best 2010

"It's virtually impossible to resist singing along." —Quill and Quire

"[Porcupine] tops my list of favourites . . . a fine gift for all ages." —The Montreal Gazette

"A super-serving of Canadiana in perfect time for the holidays . . . quite irresistible." —CM Magazine

"This is Canadiana Christmas at its best— it's impossible not to sing or laugh along." —Canadian Bookseller Magazine

"The classic holiday book A Porcupine in a Pine Tree is made all the more sweet with cozy cuddle and a soft stuffie that's just the right size for wee hands." —Canadian Family


  • Commended, Today’s Parent, 100 BEST Canadian kids’ books of all time, 2015
  • Winner, Libris Awards - Children's Picture Book of the Year, 2011
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2011
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2011
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2011


Rights Sold

  • French (N. Amer.) - Éditions Scholastic


Also by
Helaine Becker

  • You Got This!: 100 Tips for Being Your Stress-Free Best
  • Stress Less: Tips and Tools to Help You Chill
  • Deck the Halls: A Canadian Christmas Carol
  • Dashing Through the Snow
  • Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner

Also by
Werner Zimmermann

  • Snow Day
  • Henny Penny
  • Farmer Joe Baby-Sits
  • Farmer Joe's Hot Day
  • Farmer Joe Goes to the City

Contact Information

Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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