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What Are Uncles For?

by (author) John Lane

illustrated by Jeremy Twigg & Silas White

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
Jan 1984
General, Marriage & Family, Humorous Stories
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
p to k
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1984
    List Price

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Through Michael's eyes he could see the familiar world reflected as a fantastic, often hilariously distorted place, and fortunately he had the time and sensitivity to capture the magic of these childhood perceptions in a heartwarming series of poems. Illustrated in kindred spirit by two small boys, What Are Uncles For? will prove equally entertaining for uncles, aunts, parents - and children.

About the authors

John Lane has published poetry and fiction in Antigonish Review, Germination, The Malahat Review, Prism International, Queen's Quarterly, Rubicon and Waves.

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Silas White co-authored his first book Local Heroes: A History of the Western Hockey League in 1993. He lives on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast.

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Excerpt: What Are Uncles For? (by (author) John Lane; illustrated by Jeremy Twigg & Silas White)


You know, Uncle Johnny, he said to me one day up the trail, you better be pretty careful.


Because we learned about Black Weirdos in play school today.

Black What?

Black Weirdo spiders. And if they bite you, you'll die!

Well, they won't bother us, I say.

You are wrong, Uncle Johnny, he says. They live in the trees and we have to hunt them.

Oh, I say, and then, What do we do when we find them?


You're right.

I know, he says.