Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5
- Grade: k
About the author
P. K. Page has written some of the best poems published in Canadaover the last five decades. In addition to winning the Governor General's awardfor poetry in 1957, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in1999. She is the author of more than a dozen books, including tenvolumes of poetry, a novel, selected short stories, three books for children,and a memoir, entitled Brazilian Journal, based on her extended stay in Brazilwith her late husband Arthur Irwin, who served as the Canadian Ambassador therefrom 1957 to 1959. A two-volume edition of Page's collected poems, The Hidden Room (Porcupine's Quill), was published in 1997. In addition to writing, Page paints, under the name P. K. Irwin. She has mounted one-woman showsin Mexico and Canada. Her work has also been exhibited in various group shows, andis represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery ofCanada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Victoria Art Gallery, amongothers. P. K. Page was born in England and brought up on the Canadian prairies. She has livedin the Maritimes and in Montreal. After years abroad inAustralia, Brazil and Mexico, she now makes her permanent home in Victoria, British Columbia.
Jake the Baker Makes a CakeIn this illustrated picture book, Jake the baker is always happy and his boss, Mr. Jeremiah, is always angry. When Mr. Jeremiah decides he wants to change, he tries to buy Jake's happiness. Jake agrees so that he will have enough money to marry Rose, Mr. Jeremiah's daughter. He then becomes cross, loses his ability to bake and decides to leave town, to the dismay of Rose. Instead of leaving, and inspired by his assistant, Jake returns the money and regains his ability to bake. He creates a most amazing cake to win a big contest so he and Rose can marry after all. This delightful fable is told partly in verse and is designed to be easily presented as a play. P. K. Page has won many awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry.
Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2008-2009.