For ages 4-8. In this delightful collection of animal fables, Robin Skelton transports young readers back to long, long ago -- an ancient and fabulous time. These humorous stories offer solutions to such difficult questions as "Why does the ostrich bury its head in the ground?" The book takes children into a wonderful world of fantasy and yet -- as always with Skelton -- the tales have unexpected endings. Pamela Breeze Currie's engaging pen-and-ink drawings capture the spirit of Skelton's tales.
Poet, anthologist, editor, teacher, biographer, art and literary critic, historical writer, initiated witch and occultist, Robin Skelton came to Canada in 1963, the author of five collections of poetry and nine other books. He taught at the University of Victoria for almost thirty years, teaching in the Department of English and then in the Department of Creative Writing, of which he was the founding Chairman in 1973. In 1967, together with John Peter, he founded The Malahat Review.