A Brazilian Alphabet for the Younger Reader

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 59 pages

A charming alphabet book, beautifully illustrated, by one of Canada's most renowned poets. Ideal for very young children, and for P. K. Page fans of all ages.

But this isn't an ordinary alphabet book, filled with words we all know that go with things we see every day. This alphabet book is special. It's for children and adults who would like to tell a kamichi from a tatu. It speaks English, but it knows a few words of Portuguese. It's by P. K. Page, one of Canada's most celebrated poets. And it is illustrated with pictures that your great-great-grandmother might have seen as a child.

Page has used words that she remembers from her years in Brazil -- words that become refrains in her Brazilian Journal, words that were among the first Portuguese she learned. The illustrations are old engravings, found in forgotten books and century-old magazines. The dona de casa plucks lice from her children's scalps, macacos grin and a thin moon looms in the janela. Grab your zabumba and beat it all the way to the fazenda, with P. K. Page as your guide to the Brazilian alphabet.


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About the author (2005)

P. K. Page 1916-2010 P. K. (Patricia Kathleen) Page was born in Dorset, England on November 23, 1916 and moved to Canada in 1919. She was a founder of the magazine, "Preview" and a scripwriter for the National Film Board. Her work "the Metal and the Flower," won her the Governor General's Award. She has also won the Oscar Blumenthal Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Award, the Canadian Authors' Association Literary Award and the Hubert Evans Prize for "Brazilian Journal." In addition, she was the recipient of the Banff Centre of Fine Arts National Award in 1989 and she is a Life Member of the League of Canadian Poets. Although most known for her writing, Page is also an artist. She exhibits her paintings under the name P. K. Irwin (as she is the wife of diplomat Arthur Irwin). Her works are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She died on January 14, 2010

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