The Slippers' Keeper


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$18.95  $17.62
Groundwood Books
Publish Date
10.6 X 8.1 X 0.5 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Ian Wallace has had a distinguished career as an author and illustrator of picture books, publishing such classics as Chin Chiang and the Dragon's Dance, Boy of the Deeps, The Huron Carol, Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot and Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. He has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. Ian lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Deb.


"Joe nurtured the orchids through spring floods and summer droughts, through fall storms and winter's Arctic blasts, and against generations of industrious beavers. As he worked, he grew into a man with a family of his own." -- from the book

"While kids today are sometimes exhorted to 'act locally' to help the environment, here's an example of a boy who made his mark as naturalist by doing just that." -- Booklist

"This exquisitely illustrated picture book . . . introduces young readers to the concept of conservation and emphasizes that one person can make a difference." -- School Library Journal

"An exquisitely illustrated true story . . . The Slippers' Keeper honors this amazing legacy." -- Children's Bookwatch

"Ian Wallace is one of the grand masters on the Canadian picture book scene. . . . The text includes much detail about the Lady's Slipper, itself, and about Purdon's efforts to nurture its survival." -- CM Magazine