The Old Woman and the Hen by P. K. PageThe Old Woman and the Hen by P. K. Page

The Old Woman and the Hen

byP. K. Page

Paperback | November 1, 2008

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The Old Woman and the Hen is a charming folktale written by one of Canada's best known poets. Written simply, but infused with the rhythm and wordcraft that only a poet of P. K. Page's talent can deliver, the text is accompanied by six original wood engravings created for the book by Jim Westergard.

P. K. Page wrote some of the best poems published in Canada over the last five 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 a dozen books, including ten volumes of poetry, a novel, selected short stories, ei...
Title:The Old Woman and the HenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.2 inPublished:November 1, 2008Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889843090

ISBN - 13:9780889843097

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Read from the Book

`Once upon a time there was a poor woman who lived alone and performed small chores for her neighbours in return for food. One day, as she was going home, she heard a strange voice speaking from the roadside. ``Luck,'' the voice said. ``Good luck. Quick, pick me up. Up.'' The old woman searched among the roadside grasses and found a hen. Such a bedraggled creature she had never seen before. Its feathers were all awry and its beautiful red comb drooped to one side. ``Poor thing,'' said the woman and she picked it up and smoothed its feathers and put it in her basket and took it home.'

Editorial Reviews

`The adults who make children's ... books have a variety of roles. There's the merry uncle who sings and dances and picks you up and whirls you around. There's the wise teacher. There's the responsible parent.... P. K. Page presents another voice, that of the dignified, contained, slightly mysterious grandparent.... She's slightly stern. She expects good behaviour. But ... you know she will take your observations and comments seriously. She won't think you're cute. You will have her full attention.'