Des battes de baseball pour Noel is a children's picture book by well known Inuit author and storyteller Michael Kusugak. This is the French edition of Kusugak's wonderful Baseball Bats for Christmas book. The author draws on an event from his childhood when he was seven and still lived in Repulse Bay. It is Christmas 1955 when an airplane arrives in the community and the pilot leaves behind six Christmas trees. Many of the children have never seen a Christmas tree; in fact there are no trees in their northern environment. The children love to play baseball but since there are no trees they rarely have any sticks to use as bats. But one of the children knows why the pilot left the six Christmas trees; the pilot left baseball bats for the children's Christmas. So they take the trees, whose needles had fallen off, and fashion them into baseball bats. Everyone is pleased with the results. It was probably one of the best Christmas presents they had received. The author weaves a delightful story about growing up in the Arctic that combines factual details about Inuit culture and traditions in an enjoyable tale. This book is also available in a hardcover edition.