BAKER, Barrie E.

Born in Saskatoon on March 27, 1953, he moved to B.C. in 1976. He has worked as a teacher and he wrote the children’s book The Village of A Hundred Smiles and other Stories (Annick, 1998).

The Village of a Hundred Smiles and Other Stories (Annick $7.95)

Characters created by Vancouver Island teacher Barrie Baker for his students haunted him until he set them loose in The Village of a Hundred Smiles and Other Stories (Annick $7.95).
Central to these stories, set in turn-of-the-century Asia, is Grandfather and his granddaughter Little Orchid. Little Orchid cleverly dissuades Grandfather from a dangerous journey.
As a girl, she is not allowed to ride the iron horse—the first bicycle the villagers have ever seen. But when Grandfather is balanced on the bike she’s permitted to ring the bell. That night she dreams of having a bike of her own, one with two bells.
Illustrator Stephane Jorisch coincidentally grew up in Lachine, Quebec, a town so-named by French explorers because they were convinced they had reached the Orient 1-55037-535-0