Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 7 to 9
- Grade: 2 to 4
The remarkable story of the amazing friendship between Lisa and her friend Peggy, a truly amazing guinea pig.
About the authors
Roy Miki is a writer, poet, and critic who has taught and written about the work of bpNichol for many years. He was the editor of Pacific Windows: Collected Poems of Roy K. Kiyooka which won the 1997 Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. His major bibliographic study, A Record of Writing: An Annotated and Illustrated Bibliography of George Bowering, won the Gabriel Roy award from the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures as the best book on Canadian Literature for 1991. Miki is also the editor of This Is My Own: Letters to Wes and Other Writings on Japanese Canadians (1985); Tracing the Paths: Reading‚ Writing The Martyrology (1988); co-editor with Cassandra Kobayashi of Justice in Our Time: The Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement, and Meanwhile: The Critical Writings of bpNichol.
Cassandra Kobayashi helped shape the grass-roots community movement in Vancouver to seek redress for the forced removal, internment, and abrogation of the rights of Canadians of Japanese ancestry. She served on the national Redress Committee that negotiated the historic 1988 settlement with the Government of Canada. The struggle for redress is documented in her book, Justice in Our Time: The Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement, co-authored with Roy Miki.
Slavia Miki is a life coach and studied feng shui under the late Henry Dorst. She earned her teacher’s licence in ikebana while living in Tokyo.
"Peggy's adventures are charmingly depicted in Mariko Ando's illustrations. To show that Peggy is (almost) scared to death by a cat, Ando draws her frozen in midair with her mouth agape and an X for an eye. Ando's drawing of Peggy after her electrocution is so anthropomorphizing that the reader can practically hear Peggy panting as she recovers. These scarier episodes sit comfortably alongside joyful pictures of her dancing on a stool and cuddling under blankets. Ando's illustrations, and the book as a whole, are sincere, comedic, and evocative."
— Quill & Quire