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The Canadian Classic, written by Pierre Berton and illustrated by
his daughter, Patsy is now a 26 episode animated children's series
on CBC television beginning Saturday, September 9, 2006. Berton
often cited The Secret World of Og as his
favourite of his forty-seven books. It has sold more than 200,000
copies in four editions.
The series follows the five Berton children, Penny, Pamela, Peter,
Patsy, and baby Paul (better-known as "The Pollywog") as they
discover and explore a vast,mysterious world of caverns and rivers
hidden beneath a trapdoor in the floor of their clubhouse. In their
subterranean adventures, they befriend the little green inhabitants
called Ogs, share their worldly knowledge with them, and, at the
same time, gain a little wisdom themselves.
The series is directed by Paul Schibli who also directed the
long-running CBC series The Raccoons.
About the Author
Pierre Berton was one of Canada's most popular and prolific
authors. From narrative histories and popular
culture, to picture and coffee table books to anthologies, to
stories for children to readable, historical works for youth, many
of his fifty books are now Canadian classics.
Born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon, Pierre Berton worked in
Klondike mining camps during his university years. He spent four
years in the army, rising from private to captain/instructor at the
Royal Military College in Kingston. He spent his early newspaper
career in Vancouver, where at 21 he was the youngest city editor on
any Canadian daily. He wrote columns for and was editor of
Maclean's magazine, appeared on CBC's public affairs
program "Close-Up" and was a permanent fixture on "Front Page
Challenge" for 39 years. He was a columnist and editor for the
Toronto Star and was a writer and host of a series of CBC
Pierre Berton received over 30 literary awards including the
Governor-General's Award for Creative Non-Fiction (three times),
the Stephen Leacock Medal of Humour, and the Gabrielle Leger
National Heritage Award. He received two Nellies for his work in
broadcasting, two National Newspaper awards, and the National
History Society's first award for "distinguished achievement in
popularizing Canadian history." For his immense contribution to
Canadian literature and history, he was awarded more than a dozen
honourary degrees, is a member of the Newsman's Hall of Fame, and
is a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Pierre Berton passed away in Toronto on November 30, 2004.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: May 14, 2002
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385659113
ISBN - 13: 9780385659116