Metamorphosis: Selected Children's Literature

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The Porcupine's Quill, Dec 9, 2020 - Literary Collections - 232 pages
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The impressive oeuvre of P. K. Page spans genres, formats and art forms, but through it all, the child and the childlike remain integral aspects of imagery and meaning.

The verses, plays, fables and essays in Metamorphosis celebrate the child’s unique ability to look, to see, to fashion immense worlds out of the smallest of things; they affirm the importance of fun, nonsense and language play; and they seek to impart spiritual wisdom through rich, complex narratives whose lessons of transcendence and metamorphosis amuse and astonish young readers.

In this sixth volume in the Collected Works of P. K. Page, editor Margaret Steffler explores Page’s diverse forays into the fantastical, dreamlike worlds of children’s literature, documenting Page’s ongoing efforts to recover the mysterious and elusive source of childhood. In so doing, she reveals the ways in which Page provides readers of all ages with the ability to throw open the doors between youth and adulthood, and to rediscover the imagination and vision of days gone by.

 

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Contents

Introduction
9
The Childs World
31
A Childrens Hymn
33
A Grain of Sand
34
Verse
35
A Brazilian Alphabet for the Younger Reader
37
There Once Was a Camel
40
Prose
43
The Magic Wool
101
Silver Pennies or The Land of Honesty
111
A Trilogy of Fables
125
A Flask of Sea Water
127
The Goat that Flew
155
The Sky Tree
179
Essays
201
A Note from the Author to The Sky Tree
203

The Travelling Musicians
45
Jake the Baker Makes a Cake
55
The Old Woman and the
79
Uirapuru
85
Plays
89
A Case for Health
91
The Language of the Imagination
205
Notes
213
List of Illustrations
227
About P K Page
229
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About the author (2020)

P. K. Page wrote some of the best poems published in Canada over the last seven decades. In addition to winning the Governor General’s Award for poetry in 1957, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1999. She was the author of more than two dozen books, including ten volumes of poetry, a novel, short stories, eight books for children, and two memoirs based on her extended stays in Brazil and Mexico with her husband Arthur Irwin, who served in those countries as the Canadian Ambassador. In addition to writing, Page painted, under the name P. K. Irwin. She mounted one-woman shows in Mexico and Canada. Her work was also exhibited in various group shows, and is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Victoria Art Gallery, among others.

A two-volume edition of Page’s collected poems, The Hidden Room (Porcupine’s Quill), was published in 1997, and the full range of her richly varied work is being made available in a digital resource, The Digital Page, supplemented by a series of texts in print and e-book format published by The Porcupine’s Quill.

P. K. Page was born in England and brought up on the Canadian prairies. She died on the 14th of January, 2010.

Margaret Steffler is Professor of English Literature at Trent University where she teaches Canadian Literature. She has written journal articles on P. K. Page’s work and edited Page’s Mexican Journal (Porcupine’s Quill, 2015).

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