Children of My Heart

Children of My Heart Set in the prairies in the s and rich with the author s own memories of her time there as a young woman this is a powerful story of an impressionable and passionate young teacher and the pupils

  • Title: Children of My Heart
  • Author: Gabrielle Roy
  • ISBN: 9780771078293
  • Page: 275
  • Format: hardback
  • Set in the prairies in the 1930s, and rich with the author s own memories of her time there as a young woman, this is a powerful story of an impressionable and passionate young teacher and the pupils, from impoverished immigrant families, whose lives she touches Children of My Heart bears unforgettable testimony to the healing power love exerts on the wounds of lonelinessSet in the prairies in the 1930s, and rich with the author s own memories of her time there as a young woman, this is a powerful story of an impressionable and passionate young teacher and the pupils, from impoverished immigrant families, whose lives she touches Children of My Heart bears unforgettable testimony to the healing power love exerts on the wounds of loneliness and poverty.

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    1. I enjoyed my time with this teacher on the Canadian prairie in the 1930s. But can one complain a book is too short? Perhaps it was the lack of individual characterization that made it seem so. I did appreciate the characterization of the prairie itself, and of the people in general.This teacher is presented in three schools of two types: a boys school where she teaches the youngest students, and two different one-room schools. I liked the Part at the boys school the best, although there was some [...]

    2. I absolutely loved this book! This brought back memories of my first year as a teacher.The book contains 6 short stories which are inspired by the period when Gabrielle Roy taught in a small village of Manitoba. She has chosen five children, all boys, perhaps because she has taught mainly in boys' schools. Their names are Vincento, Clair Bright, Nile Demetrioff, André Pasquier and Mederic Eymard. Vincento is a small Italian frightened by the arrival, Clair is a smart child who is dying to pleas [...]

    3. What beautiful language and powerful writing! Roy has used words to create a vision of her life in a prarie schhol - a life that is full of meaning and emotion. She presents herself and her students in a delightful manner, even when describing less than delightful situations. Roy was able to draw me to the place and time that her story took place with ease.I would have liked to hear more of some of the characters. There weere a few that I felt we were introduced to, and then they were not mentio [...]

    4. This was a beautiful book. I'm sad that I finished reading it. It won the Govenor General's award. The story is of a young teacher in the remote Prairies during the 1930's. It tells of her influence on her pupils and how they affected her. Beautifully written with deep insightns that are often poignant in their innocence.I would recommend this slim book to anyone with a passion for the way things once were and to the lessons life can teach us.

    5. Gabrielle Roy est très sensible aux petits détails qui aident à former des images plus grandioses. Vraiment un plaisir de lire. "Si j'avais encore énormément à découvrir, à prendre devant moi, je n'étais pas sans comprendre qu'il y avait déjà derrière moi de l'irrémédiablement perdu, et que si la vie donne d'une main, elle reprend de l'autre."

    6. 5/5 pour les 2 dernières nouvelles ! Magnifique ! J'ai bien aimé le style d'écriture tout au long de ma lecture. C'est certain que je vais lire d'autres oeuvres de Gabrielle Roy !

    7. This was a pretty good book. I had actually read it because I was hoping to improve my French, and I was happy overall with the stories of different school kids in the prairies. The stories were very touching, and they always left me feeling happy after reading them. You could say it’s a feel-good novel.Anything I found confusing in the stories most likely had nothing to do with Gabriel Roy’s writing, and more to do with the fact that this is the first full French novel I’ve read on my own [...]

    8. I loved reading this book. Gabrielle Roy was a Canadian treasure. Much of my experience with Canadian literature was in school as a child and youth. I avoided Canadian writing for a long time because it was never made worth learning in school (I'm only talking of some teachers). What I've missed was a writer who made the story of the teenage teacher and her determination to make learning a joy for her students, many of whom were children of immigrants and of farming families.

    9. Ce livre comporte six récits inspirés des souvenirs de l'auteure de « Bonheur d'occasion » lorsqu'elle exerçait le métier d’institutrice dans son Manitoba natal. Les mots de Gabrielle Roy nous vont droit au coeur. Son style d’écriture gracieux et empli de finesses nous touche par son humanité et son universalité.

    10. Dans la vie, on rencontre tout le monde, en passant ou intimement. Ce livre de Gabrielle Roy de ses années quand elle enseignait aux écoles des garçons se touche l'intime de la vie, de la rencontre. On lit le livre et sent la perte d'enfance avec la nostalgie, mais plutôt, l'amour.

    11. I was a teacher for 20 + years and taught ages 5 - mature university students. I love Ms. Roy ' s writing on a subject and place that is also close to my heart.

    12. J'adoreMon premier livre en français. C'est le meilleur côté de l'esprit franco-canadien. Sentimental mais sagace aussi. Vivement recommandé pour ceux aiment les enfants.

    13. In some ways, it's very much the typical (archetypal?) Canadian novel -- the prairies, the early 20th century, the one-room school house, the conflict of pioneer wilderness & "civilized" town behaviour, the early immigrant experience, coming of age experiencesl these characteristics are present and correct. The novel is structured as a series of vignettes, into which you are plungedbbing the story of what I feel is a proper introduction to the protagonist. You are forced to accept her, as is [...]

    14. 'Ces enfants de ma vie' is a beautiful portrayal of the relationship between a teacher and her students. What stroke me as most amazing in this novel is the way Roy acknowledges the contribution of her students in the making of the teacher she is.This novel celebrates the students who shape a teacher , which I think is such a wonderful idea. Being a teacher, I could relate to Roy on several points and I could also find some of my students in Roy's students.On an ending note, I would say that ' C [...]

    15. Set in the prairies in the 1930s, and rich with the author’s own memories of her time there as a young woman, this is a powerful story of an impressionable and passionate young teacher and the pupils, from impoverished immigrant families, whose lives she touches. Children of My Heart bears unforgettable testimony to the healing power love exerts on the wounds of loneliness and poverty.Deliciously written. I don't like country life, nor do I like small children in general - but this book painte [...]

    16. Formidable! J'aimais beaucoup ce livre, le temps, les petits personnages, et le style simple et doux de cet autour. What a sweet set of vignettes about teaching in a rural part of Canada that people still know little about: Manitoba (province north of North Dakota and Minnesota). After training, teachers were posted to schools in small villages around the country. The plains are part of the story, as is the poverty, the parents' hopes for their children, and the role of education. For boys, at l [...]

    17. Teaching in Canadian prairie towns and villages, reminds me of Laura Ingles Wilder and LM Montgomery but for an adult audience. There is one reference to licorice that singed my eyebrows with the racial inappropriateness (written in 1977, translated in 1979, did they really still call them n****rtoes???) also cleanliness seemed to be a fairly direct correlation with the goodness of various poor families. I can't really imagine being responsible for a whole schoolhouse of children at 18, but ther [...]

    18. I decided to read this book, a Canadian classic that I never got around to reading, because it was one of the choices for CBC's Canada Reads.It was a great read. The book is in 3 parts, with each part set in a different school. They are all from the point of view of a young teacher, and discuss her relationship with her students. The first on is in a town school and the other two are in villages. The stories are emotional and read very true. I really enjoyed the book.

    19. Ce livre est tellement une bonne inspiration pour les futurs enseignants/enseignantes ainsi que pour ceux et celles qui se retrouvent déjà dans ce domaine. Même si l'époque n'est pas pareille au nôtre, il y a encore question de plusieurs bonnes images et résultats de ce que Gabrielle Roy a vécu elle-même. Ces histoires courtes sont évoquent tellement d'émotions que c'est très difficile de fermer le recueil de nouvelles.

    20. A delightfully enjoyable read about a young teacher on the Canadian prairies in the 1930s. Finely drawn characters that I’ll remember for a long time to come – Mederic, Demetrioff, Andre. This book reminded me of my own childhood…rhaps because the environment hadn’t changed all that much by the ‘60s (I went to a two-room school in rural Ontario), perhaps because these were the kind of books I read back then. A wonderful way to spend a wintertime afternoon. Storytelling at its best.

    21. This book touched on a few old memories of my early classrooms. My first school was a one room school grades 1 -7 ( there were no grade 8 students in the community that year, thankfully. I also taught on the Canadian Prairies in a two elevator town. I loved the prairie and the children came from several nearby rural villages. This book allowed me a walk down memory Lane.

    22. Easy read and I like her writing style. I passed the book on to my friend who is a retired teacher as I think she will relate better than I did. I was spoiled after reading TISHA , a story if a young teacher in Alaska. same story line but I felt more connected to the protagonist!

    23. This book is good, but boring. There are some nice stories in here and one that was a little bit awkward, but overall it's a quick read, good for a lazy Sunday. Would I recommend this book? No, probably not.

    24. I love books that evoke the beauty of the Canadian prairies. This book almost did that for me, but I suppose that because it's a memoir about teaching in a one-room school in a tiny town in the 30s, that wasn't the point.

    25. I read three quarters of this in French and the other in English. I have to say it is even more heartwarming and well written in the original language. I have never truly enjoyed a French book before this one, but it was really beautiful.

    26. Certaines histoires étaient assez bien, d'autres moins, je dirais. M'enfin. Je n'ai pas vraiment trouvé ce roman vraiment remarquable, même si je dois admettre que le style de Gabrielle Roy me plaît bien.

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