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It wasn’t hard becoming a story-teller during the 50s due to the fact that Perth’s author Joëlle Hübner-McLean’s household did not have a television until the late 1960s. Because Hübner-McLean was inspired by the natural order and beauty of things, which she admired often while walking in the small woods near her house in Whitby, Ontario, she says that her sister would have to put up with the various stories that she told during every bedtime when they were growing up in the country. Hübner-McLean would also make up stories about anything and everything just to keep her imagination alive and magical. Her novel, Corvus and Me illustrates the courage and mystical events that are important in both life and in the realm of the fantastic. The book, recently published in 2012, is the first in a series that Hübner-McLean is continuing to write.

Hübner-McLean tends to create more stories for the Corvus and Me series about nature and its wonders, and hopes that marketing the book will inspire children who read it to cherish the beauty that this earth has to offer: just like she did. She also hopes to expand into the deepest reaches of their imaginations to encourage their self-expression because it will give children a wider scope of what life can bestow upon an individual. Even though Hübner-McLean’s book is geared for young adults, its reminiscent prose and settings would appeal to the older audience as well.

The book Corvus and Me by Joëlle Hübner-McLean is centered on the main character, Janine, who is trying to establish an identity among her peers with the help of a crow as her mentor, Corvus. Of course, being a foreigner and of a French and German descent during the 1950s illustrates how a little girl overcomes her state of loneliness and the bullying of others due to the post-war issues. Her love for nature is quite sincere, and whenever she has a chance to escape from the wrath of society, Janine heads to the world of peace and harmony in the great outdoors. It is a thrilling and adventurous collaboration of characters and places where the imagination of a new dimension is needed in order to explore. The book gives Janine a chance to prove to herself that she is worthy and significant to a world outside of her own. Even though she must face the fact that fear is her enemy, she must overcome her challenges through the support of her new found friends in the story. The idea here is to tune in to what too many children have to face almost every day of their lives, so Hübner-McLean tries to maintain an identity with her readership.

Some key qualities and accomplishments Hübner-McLean has accumulated during her life are: the published author of Corvus and Me in 2012; published author for a local newspaper, Coaststar in St. Augustine, Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland and Ottawa; published author for the website, http//www.wildviolet.net; assistant head of Special Education, and a current teacher of Special Education and Resourcing in the Secondary level. The Women’s Status of Canada also recognized her in 2002.

Joëlle became a Secondary teacher in Special Education and English so that she could give her students a chance to express themselves. Starting as a businesswoman in retail at an early age and then a teacher was a path that enhanced Joëlle’s knowledge and experience in the field of helping and molding youngster’s minds. Therefore, when young people read a book, Hübner-McLean wants them to become a part of the story; a method that Hübner-McLean has learned to adopt into her writing style.

Hübner-McLean plans on having her book displayed and in the market in different school regions, bookstores and libraries in schools. This is where a volume of students could share their thoughts to expand their imagination. It is also important to market the book during events that are related to the message of the book. For example, if the fairs are selling artifacts, paintings, jewelry etc that are related to Native Culture, then Corvus and Me would be an ideal book that filters into the nature of things.

 

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The book Corvus and Me by Joëlle Hübner-McLean, illustrates how a little girl overcomes her state of loneliness and becomes a heroine in another dimension. It is a thrilling and adventurous collaboration of characters and places where imagination is needed in order to explore. The book gives the main character, Janine, a chance to prove to herself that she is worthy and significant to a world outside of her own. Even though she must face the fact that fear is her enemy, she must overcome her challenges through the support of her friends she is accustomed to in the story. Loneliness can damage a child’s personality and stunt their communication skills and this is where the main character of the story demonstrates the importance of social values that, presently, are disappearing in children’s lives.

The set time in the novel is the 1950’s when Joëlle Hübner-McLean arrived in a strange country where not too many places allowed foreigners to take up residence. Finally, as things settled down, her family purchased a 9-acre lot that included all the riches of nature’s growth and habitats that captured the young girl’s taste for beauty. A land of plenty provided an escape for her in a time when hatred for Germans was apparent. Her love for nature is inevitable in the story and whenever she had a chance to escape from the wrath of society and its demands, she always headed out into a world of tranquility.

Knowing that youngsters need guidance in order to be successful, it was apparent that Joëlle Hübner-McLean became a Secondary teacher in Special Education and English so that she could give her students a chance to express themselves. Starting as a businesswoman in retail at an early age and then a teacher was a path that enhanced Joëlle’s knowledge and experience in the field of helping and molding youngsters.