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Up in the Tree, Atwood’s book for all ages

The Story

It's a book even her daughter Jess can enjoy, Margaret Atwood explains in this CBC Radio clip. Inspired by her 22-month-old daughter, Atwood has published Up in the Tree, a children's book written and illustrated by Atwood herself. The celebrated writer reads Up in the Tree aloud with a little help from CBC's Don Harron. Her prolific accomplishments as a poet, novelist and now a children's writer have made Atwood into an internationally recognized author. She has just returned from a 71-day world book tour. 

Medium: Radio
Program: Don Harron's Morningside
Broadcast Date: March 22, 1978
Guest: Margaret Atwood
Host: Don Harron
Duration: 6:10

Did You know?

• Margaret Atwood illustrated Up in the Tree using the pseudonym "Charlatan Botchner."

• Atwood has since published more children's books, including Anna's Pet (1980), For The Birds (1990), Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut (1995), Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda (2004) and Wandering Wenda and Widow Wallop's Wundergound Washery (2011).

• Atwood is frequently asked about living with another writer. Atwood writes on her website that it's better than living with a dentist because another writer understands why you are being so strange.



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