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A Real Farm Girl [Kindle Edition]

Susan Ioannou
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Book Description

In A Real Farm Girl, Susan Ioannou tells the story of a young city girl's adventures while visiting her grandmother's farm in the 1940s. Mary wants to prove that she can handle farm chores. She helps her Uncle Louis collect eggs from the chicken coop, milk the cows, and feed the pigs. The chores are not as easy as she thought. She gets pecked by the chickens, is chased by a bull, and has a manure mishap. But she doesn't give up, determined to become a real farm girl.

A Real Farm Girl can be read as a continuing story, or in single episodes. Each chapter is long enough to share out loud, and short enough for an eager young reader to tackle alone.

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"A Real Farm Girl is a glorious reading experience for a young girl or boy." --Karen Shewbridge, St. John's Telegram

It's just like a movie inside my head. -- young fan

From the Publisher

Susan Ioannou has lived all her life in Toronto, but was sent to stay at her grandmother's farm as a child. Susan is the founder of The Poetry Tutorial correspondence course. Her books of poetry include: Spare Words (1984), Clarity Between Clouds: Poems of Midlife (1991), and Where the Light Waits (1996). A Real Farm Girl is Susan's first published children's book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 231 KB
  • Print Length: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Wordwrights Canada; First eBook Edition edition (June 24, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TXT4YI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,933,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious reading experience. March 1, 1999
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A Real Farm Girl is a glorious reading experience for a young girl or boy. Its action occurs on an old-fashioned farm complete with chamber pots under the bed, chickens laying eggs for young girls to gather, weasels to prey on the chickens, barn cats, pigs, cows to milk, and even a bull. Young Mary's dad is away at war so she spends time on her grandmother's farm where she learns farm ways so she can prove she belongs." - Karen Shewbridge, The St. John's Telegram
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More About the Author

Even though I have published widely in other genres, when asked what kind of writer I am, I always answer first, a poet, and a Canadian one at that. In addition to a few chapbooks, past titles include the lyric poetry collections Clarity Between Clouds and Where the Light Waits, the poetic narrative Coming Home: An Old Love Story, and Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth on geology and mining history. My short fiction has been collected into the book Nine to Ninety: Stories across the generations. Also, I published two children's novels: A Real Farm Girl and the boys' adventure The Hidden Valley Mystery. For many years, I was Associate Editor of Cross-Canada Writers' Magazine, with a column on writing in every issue. My articles, particularly about the craft of writing poetry, have appeared in many Canadian journals.

Teaching has been a big part of my writing life. For more than a decade, I led the Toronto Board of Education Continuing Education Department adult Poets' Workshop, as well a giving workshops for the Ryerson University Literary Society and University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and serving as a poetry instructor in the latter's Creating Professionals residential summer course. I've even given seminars on editing poetry for the Editors' Association of Canada. What I learned through my own reading, writing, and teaching came together as the nonfiction book A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, and has since been extended into my online poetry writing course Lessons in Writing the Poem.

So, I've done a lot of writing around writing, about what it involves and ways to approach it--particularly writing poetry. Often, people have the impression that you sit down, you're inspired, and you dash off a story or article, but I find writing even a short poem a very slow and painstaking process.

Besides publication, my efforts have received some recognition in the form of awards. Finalist in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the League of Canadian Poets, and the Toronto Star writing competitions, I have also won a Norma Epstein Foundation poetry award, Media Club of Canada nonfiction Memorial Award, and the Okanagan Short Fiction Award. As a Canada Council reader, I have had the pleasure of performing my work around Toronto, as well as at its internationally recognized reading venue Harbourfront.

There is much information about me on the Web. A good starting point is the University of Toronto Library Canadian Poets site, where my page is located at


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