Text & illustrations: Catherine Lepage


Mary-River has long, shiny, blue hair. It falls in waves, to the delight of the village children and the forest animals. Everyone wants to be her friend. But Mary-River needs someone to take care of her. When no one does, she becomes exhausted. How will her friends help her get her sparkle back?



  • This edition

    ISBN 978-2-924332-37-5

    Released on August 28th, 2017

    19.3 x 26.5 cm

    42 pages — Hardcover
    4+ years

  • Reviews

    “This is the perfect book for teaching young children to respect and care for nature. Rather than playing on guilt, Catherine Lepage encourages them to do what they can to protect the environment.”

    Pierre-Alexandre Bonin, Campagne pour la lecture


    “Adopting an animist vision of the river, Catherine Lepage invites to feel from the inside the negative effects that pollution and disengagement towards nature can have. Excellent!”

    Marie Fradette, Le Devoir


    “Looking for a beautiful picture book for Earth Day [...]? Let me suggest Mary-River by Catherine Lepage. [...] A simple story which provides an opportunity to address a complex issue of our time and to talk about environment with children.”

    Émilie Furlotte, J'enseigne avec la littérature jeunesse


    Mary-River is a “must-read book [...] according to Lauréanne Daneau, the General Director of Environnement Mauricie, a non-profit organization known as an important interlocutor of Quebec’s Government (for consultation on environmental issues).”

    Les libraires Magazine

  • Éditions étrangères

    Corée — Must B Publishing Co.

    France — P'tit Glénat