Isn't It Amazing

by Joan Parker



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/10/2001

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x8.5
Page Count : 142
ISBN : 9781552128084

About the Book

This is the gripping story of life on the Canadian Prairies in the 1930s. A genteel English family emigrates to pursue their dream of life on a farm. The family was the most unlikely candidate to emigrate to a new country in such difficult times. The story is told by the eldest child who grows to face the harsh realities of life in Northern Alberta.

About the Author

Joan Parker was born Joan Birks in Croydon, Surrey, England in 1918. At the age of eleven she emigrated to Canada with her parents, two younger brothers Robbie and John, and a younger siste Margie.
Living inAthabasca in Northern Alberta during the height of the Great Depression was a life of struggle in an attempt to farm by a father who was a scholar not a farmer. The family became destitute and the ultimate result was the tragic and untimely death of the mother. The family were then scattered to the four winds. The two younger children went to live with the Archdeacon Little and his wife.
Being forced to quit school in grade 11, Joan moved to Calgary at the beginning of the war to find work. Ten years later she met and married Ben Parker and had three sons - Allan, Kenneth, and Donald. They were quite young when they lost their father at age 43 and with no insurance she had to find work. At the age of seventy she retired and moved to White Rock, South Surrey BC where she continued with her hobby of painting and becoming the president of the White Rock and South Surrey Art Society. She lives in White Rock with her pet boxer, "Willow" surrounded by her garden designed and planted by her own hand enjoying her great neighbours and many friends. Two sons, Allan and Ken now live closeby, the youngest one, Donald lives in Brandon in the family home.