Vermont Folklife Center

The Ghost on the Hearth

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Susan Milord
Paintings by Lydia Dabcovich
Hardcover, 32 pages, illustrated
U.S. $15.95, Can. $24.95

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About this Story

In the summer of her twelfth year, a poor girl named Emily leaves home to work on a farm in rural Quebec. The farmer and his wife love Emily, but when she falls ill and dies, another girl is hired to take her place.

Soon a strange event keeps recurring in the farmhouse. What is going on? On the first night, the farmer fails to solve the mystery. But on the second night, the farmer’s wife snaps awake to find herself staring at a ghost!

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Claire Chase

About the Storyteller

Claire Chase learned this story from her grandmother, Adéline Laroche Beaudoin, who first heard it from her grandmother in Cap Santé Quebec, where the Laroche family originated. Although her family roots are in Quebec, Claire lives in Jericho, Vermont. She and her daughter Kim have played an active role in Franco American cultural affairs throughout the region.

Claire shared this story with Jane Beck, folklorist from the Vermont Folklife Center, in 1995.

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About the Author

Susan Milord is the award-winning author of many children’s books, including Tales Alive! (a Parents’ Choice and Stepping Stones Multicultural Honor Award winner), Tales of the Shimmering Sky (a Benjamin Franklin Best Juvenile Fiction Award winner) and Bird Tales from Near & Far. Milord lives in Norwich, Vermont.

About the Illustrator

Lydia Dabcovich is the author-illustrator of The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale (a Notable Social Studies Book for Young People), Sleepy Bear, Ducks Fly, Busy Beavers and other children’s books. In addition, she has illustrated such classic titles as Annushka’s Voyage, William and Grandpa and The Animal Hedge. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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