Noël Polchies was one of George Frederick Clarke’s best friends. When he wrote the Jimmy-Why stories he imagined how it would have been, as a child, to have Noël as a guide for adventures in the woodlands of New Brunswick.

Going to the woods is always an adventure, whether for camping, hiking, fishing, or hunting. Jimmy-Why is keyed up for this kind of adventure; Noël Polchies, a skilled woodsman of the Maliseet First Nation, is the perfect guide.

Jimmy-Why & Noël Polchies: Their Adventures in the Great Woods is filled with the practical details of wilderness living. But beyond this, it conveys love of of the beauty of the forest and a respect for all living things.

About the Author

George Frederick Clarke (1883-1974) is one of New Brunswick’s best writers. He is the author of thirteen books, including Six Salmon Rivers, Song of the Reel, and Someone Before Us. His short stories have recently been collected in The Ghost of Nackawick Portage.

 

Paperback  •  147 pages  •  ISBN 978-1-988299-02-0

From the Editor's Foreword

My grandfather wrote these two books for young children over sixty years ago. Children have been reading them ever since. This new edition combines both books in one volume, bringing all the Jimmy-Why stories together for a new generation of readers.

Noël Polchies was a real person. I have put his photograph in the front of this book. He was one of my grandfather’s best friends. He was generous and kind. My grandfather said, “He never boasted. He was truthful and courteous. Never, to my knowledge did he say ill of any person save…a rascal.” You will meet that “rascal” in this book.

My brother and I read the Jimmy-Why stories when they first came out. We were young children, about the same age as Jimmy-Why, and we loved them. I hope you do, too.

Mary Bernard
Cambridge, England
March 2016

About the Editor

Mary Bernard is editor of the George Frederick Project, which is bringing his books back into print. She is Clarke’s granddaughter and lives in Cambridge, England.

 

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Jimmy-Why & Noël Polchies

George Frederick Clarke

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Edited by Mary Bernard

  • Table of Contents

    Editor’s Preface

     

    Volume 1: THE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY-WHY

     Acknowledgment

     Foreword

     The Adventures of Jimmy-Why

     Jimmy-Why and Noël

     Jimmy-Why and the Skunk

     Jimmy-Why sees a Bear

     Jimmy-Why and Noël Adventure

     Jimmy-Why Explores the Woods-road

     The New Rifle

     

    Volume 2: NOËL AND JIMMY-WHY

     Acknowledgements

     Foreword

     Into the Wilderness

     The First Meal — John Departs

     Noël Tells a Story

     The Hunt

     Lunch in the Woods

     The Last Caribou

     Noël Shoots a Bear

     Bert Salt

     The Last Night in Camp

     They Leave Camp

     

    Editor’s Afterword

    Publisher’s Afterword

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Their Adventures in the Great Woods