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When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew

Written by Jan Andrews

Illustrated by Dušan Petričić

  • 72 Pages
  • 9780888999528
  • 8.5" x 5.5"
  • Reading age from 7 to 10
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Single Title
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / General



Publication Date April 09, 2011

A USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor Book and a nominee for the 2012 Silver Birch Express Award in the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Program and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award

In these three imaginative stories, Jan Andrews introduces us to Quebec's traditional folktale hero, Ti-Jean. He's an endearing character who is both wise and foolish, and though he does find himself in hard situations (often of his own making), in the end, he somehow manages to do what needs to be done.

In "Ti-Jean and the Princess of Tomboso" he outwits a greedy princess; in "Ti-Jean the Marble Player" he gets the best of a pint-sized scoundrel; and in "How Ti-Jean Became a Fiddler" he turns the tables on a too-clever-for-her-own-good seigneur's daughter, and finds true love in the process.

Selected for the 2012 USBBY Outstanding International Book 2012


Jan Andrews
Jan Andrews is a well-known author and storyteller who has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award three times. She has written books that have become classics, including Very Last First Time (illustrated by Ian Wallace), The Auction (illustrated by Karen Reczuch) and Out of the Everywhere: Tales for a New World (illustrated by Simon Ng). She is the founding president of the Storytellers of Canada and has performed at festivals and in concert throughout Canada and the U.S., as well as in Australia and England.

Dušan Petričić

Dušan Petričić is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty books for children. Most recently, he has illustrated Snap! by Hazel Hutchins, Invisibill by Maureen Fergus and My Family Tree and Me, which he also wrote. Mr. Zinger’s Hat, written by Cary Fagan, was selected for the 2015 TD Grade One Book Giveaway. A former professor of illustration and book design, Petričić’s work appeared for years in the New York Times, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal and the Toronto Star. He continues to work as a political cartoonist for Politika and to illustrate for American, Canadian and Serbian magazines. He lives in Belgrade and Toronto.


Star Review

"these zesty, wellpaced texts virtually read themselves." The Horn Book Magazine, STARRED REVIEW

"...a winning introduction to a universal folk character." Kirkus Reviews

"...full of magic..." Quill & Quire

"A refreshing alternative to traditional fairy tales." Toronto Star

"Highly Recommended" CM Magazine

"the stories hold appeal for storytellers and listeners alike." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"...The book would be an entertaining read-aloud for a classroom and a good companion piece to the study of American folktales... Quite frankly, three stories are simply not enough!" School Library Journal