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After the Beginning

by (author) Carolyn Pogue

illustrated by Margaret Kyle

Wood Lake Publishing
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
Children, Spirituality
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
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"After the Beginning opens with the Divine Family (God, Goddess, and all the angels) celebrating the completion of the universe – sun, moons, and eight perfect planets, with no mistakes at all. But when Little Angel suggests that there could be one more planet, one where “things aren’t the same all the time,” things begin to unravel… God, Goddess, Little Angel, and the whole family of angels – Inventor Angel, Artist Angel, Musician Angel, Arithmetic Angel, Scientist Angel, Geometry Angel, Biology Angel, and Fire Angel – eagerly create a beautiful blue-green planet, filled with plants and animals and birds and fish. And for a long time, everything runs “just right.” But then, some of the “new ones,” who are just like angels, begin to get greedy and careless with their planet. They poison the water, pollute the air, and cut down the forests. Things get worse and worse, until children – from all around the word – cry “Remember!” “Remember the forest!” “Remember to share!” “Remember the water!” “Remember the air!” In this wise and marvelously enchanting tale, Carolyn Pogue connects the sacredness of the earth, the ecological crisis, and children’s leadership in a way that will inspire children and adults alike. A perfect complement, Margaret Kyle’s vibrant illustrations create a sense of awe that will move and delight readers of all ages.


About the authors

Carolyn Pogue is the author of 14 books of fiction and non-fiction and also writes poetry and drama. Her writing appears in periodicals such as Canadian Living, Synchronicity, The United Church Observer and Peace Magazine. She is a freelance writer and workshop presenter for all ages. Pogue regularly offers workshops at YouthWrite, a Rocky Mountain camp for teen writers, at the University of Alberta Extension Department and the Alexandra Writers Centre in Calgary, and has served several times as Peace-Writer-in-Residence in Alberta schools. She has judged children's literature for competitions hosted by The Writers' Union of Canada and The Writers' Guild of Alberta. Pogue grew up on a small farm in the village of Vandorf, Ontario. She has also lived in Toronto, Montreal, Yellowknife and Edmonton. She loves travelling and has visited India, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, El Salvador, Cuba, Guatemala, England, Wales, Europe, USA and all but one territory in Canada. She lives in Calgary, Alberta. Visit her website at

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Margaret Kyle was born in Colony Bergthal, Caaguazú, Paraguay and moved to Manitoba, Canada in 1968 at the age of six. She grew up in Niverville and lives there with her husband. She has four children and three grandchildren. She works at the local school with special needs and EAL (English as an additional language) students. She has an interest in Mennonite history and she is proud of her rich heritage that she was born into. She, along with her sister and 91 year old mom are currently editing an autobiography that her father wrote for his family before he passed away. She has her Bachelor of Fine Arts. As a student she wrote an illustrated children’s book about her parents’ life in South America from 1948-1968.

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