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Children's Fiction Classics

Down by Jim Longs Stage

Rhymes for children and young fish

by (author) Al Pittman

Breakwater Books Ltd.
Initial publish date
Jun 1976
Classics, Humorous Stories, Fishes
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 1976
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 1976
    List Price

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A long-cherished children's classic is now back in print! This 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition of the classic children's book is a new illustrated edition. It's time for a new generation of children to enjoy this lighthearted collection of rhymes by the acclaimed poet Al Pittman. All new whimsical illustrations by Pam Hall dance through the pages with a sublime silliness perfectly balancing Pittman's rhymes. Her original work was the Winner of the prestigious Amelia Francis Howard Gibbon Award for best Canadian illustration. The late acclaimed poet and author, Al Pittman, died on August 26, 2001 at the age of sixty-one, after a lengthy illness. He was one of Newfoundland's best contemporary writers. Al built an inte ational reputation over the last 40 years creating award-winning poetry, plays and scripts for radio and television. Some of these include the Borestone Mountain Poetry Award, The Canada Council Arts Award, the Lydia Campbell Award, the Stephen Leacock Centenial Award, The Writer's Alliance Book Award for Poetry and has been inducted into the Arts Council's Hall of Honour. Up until his death he was a Writer in Residence at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Co er Brook, Newfoundland.

About the author

Beth Powning grew up in a small New England town, where her family has lived since the 1790s. In 1972, she and her husband Peter Powning moved to Canada and bought an 1870s farm in New Brunswick, where they established a pottery business.

In 1995, Beth Powning published a book of photography, Roses for Canadian Gardens (written by childhood friend Bob Osborne). She later found her voice in Home: Chronicle of a North Country Life. Over the next fifteen yaers, five books followed: another book of photographs, Northern Trees and Shrubs; two works of non-fiction, Shadow Child and Edge Seasons; and two bestselling novels, The Hatbox Letters and The Sea Captain's Wife.

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Editorial Reviews

"With new artwork from Pam Hall, classic characters like Zoro the swordfish and Sid the Squid return with light-hearted aquatic verses that promise to open a new watery world to children." - Liam O’Donnell, Canadian Bookseller

"It's a beauty. Pam Hall's extraordinary paintings of the creatures and their habitats make this book so new, fresh and delicious." - The Globe & Mail

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