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Anastasia the Anteater and other stories

Meet an enterprising alligator who sets up a ferry service, a water dog who escapes to freedom, two brave girls who find their way out of the Guyanese forest, a skeleton with a secret from the past, and Rima, the famous singing sea-bird.


Janet Jagan
Children, Fiction, Short Stories
Date published
1 Dec 1997

There is humour, mystery and excitement in these stories. In reading them children will discover the importance of fairness, mutual support, courage, opposition to injustice and commitment to freedom as essential personal and social values.

Janet Jagan has served Guyana for over fifty years as a politician and as editor of the Mirror newspaper. She was the first woman President of Guyana.

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Janet Jagan

Janet Jagan (nee Rosenberg) was born in 1923 in Chicago into a radical Jewish family. She met Cheddi Jagan, then studying as a dentist in the USA, in 1943 and they were married in the same year. She followed him back to British Guiana (he had gone home earlier to win his family over to the marriage) and from that time onwards played an absolutely central role in the development of radical politics in Guyana. First in the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) and then the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), becoming its general secretary in 1950. Despite attempts by political opponents to play on her ‘foreigness’ and Jewishness, Janet Jagan soon won a place in the hearts of the grass-roots Indo-Guyanese sugar workers who provided one element of the core support for the PPP. From the time of the Enmore estate shootings of 1948, when she was one of the leaders of the funeral march, she was known, for instance, as the ‘blue-eyed bowji’ (sister). In 1953, she was elected to the Legislature as part of the PPP victory and appointed deputy speaker. In 1955, she was imprisoned for six months for political activities during the repression which followed the suspension of the constitution in October 1953.

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