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Uirapurú

Based on a Brazilian Legend

by P. K. Page

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ISBN:9780889822641
publisher: Oolichan Books
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Deep in the rain forests of Brazil lives the Uirapurú, a bird renowned in legend for having the most beautiful and the strangest song in all the world. Those who hear the Uirapurú's song can never forget it. Many go in search of the bird and many never return. In her version of the legend, P.K. Page tells the story of a group of mischievous boys who set off into the forest to catch the bird with nets and bows and arrows. During their adventures they meet an old man with a flute who has spent his life trying to mimic the Uirapurú's song and a maiden of the moon surrounded by all the creatures of the night. In her tale of mystery and transformation, P.K. Page creates a story as beautiful and as haunting as the song of the bird about which she writes. A story superbly illustrated by Kristi Bridgeman. A story you will never forget.

About the Author

P. K. Page wrote some of the best poems published in Canada over the last five decades. In addition to winning the Governor General's award for poetry in 1957, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1999. She was the author of more than a dozen books, including ten volumes of poetry, a novel, selected short stories, eight books for children, and a memoir, entitled Brazilian Journal, based on her extended stay in Brazil with her late husband Arthur Irwin, who served as the Canadian Ambassador there from 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 painted, under the name P. K. Irwin. She mounted one-woman shows in Mexico and Canada. Her work was also exhibited in various group shows, and is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Victoria Art Gallery, among others.

P. K. Page was born in England and brought up on the Canadian prairies. She died on the 14th of January, 2010.

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P. K. Page (1916-2010) was an artist who painted under the name P. K. Irwin. She is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, travel, short stories, and children's books. She won numerous prizes, including the Governor General's Prize for Poetry, had eight honorary degrees, was a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. P.K. Page will be fondly remembered for the impact she had on the Canadian Literary World, a impact that will be felt for decades to come.

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Uirapurú: Based on a Brazilian Legend

In this haunting retelling of a Brazilian rainforest legend, the renowned P.K. Page weaves a lyrical and profound tale about the magical song of a rare little bird, the Uirapurú. “It is said” that when the last bird’s song dies, the world as we know it, will end. So an old man tries to copy the song with his flute, some boys attempt to catch the bird and a mysterious moon maiden shoots the bird with her bow and arrow. The transformation and climax which follow are strikingly captured by the illustrator in rich jungle colours. The folktale is enhanced by the warm, folkloric renderings of actual rainforest creatures and foliage.

Multi-award winning author and poet, P.K. Page, won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. This book was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature — Illustration.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.

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