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Benjamin and Tulip Hardcover – June 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Weston Woods; Har/Cas edition (June 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560080388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560080381
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,173,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in New York City, Rosemary Wells grew up in a house "filled with books, dogs, and nineteenth-century music." Her childhood years were spent between her parents' home near Red Bank, New Jersey, and her grandmother's rambling stucco house on the Jersey Shore. Most of her sentimental memories, both good and bad, stem from that place and time. Her mother was a dancer in the Russian Ballet, and her father a playwright and actor. Mrs. Wells says, "Both my parents flooded me with books and stories. My grandmother took me on special trips to the theater and museums in New York. "Rosemary Wells's career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two enormous, definitive editions, published by Candlewick. Wells wrote and illustrated Unfortunately Harriet, her first book with Dial, in 1972. One year later she wrote the popular Noisy Nora. "The children and our home life have inspired, in part, many of my books. Our West Highland white terrier, Angus, had the shape and expressions to become Benjamin and Tulip, Timothy, and all the other animals I have made up for my stories." Her daughters Victoria and Beezoo were constant inspirations, especially for the now famous "Max" board book series. "Simple incidents from childhood are universal," Wells says. "The dynamics between older and younger siblings are common to all families."But not all of Wells' ideas come from within the family circle. Many times when speaking, Mrs. Wells is asked where her ideas come from. She usually answers, "It's a writer's job to have ideas." Sometimes an idea comes from something she reads or hears about, as in the case of her recent book, Mary on Horseback, a story based on the life of Mary Breckenridge, who founded the Frontier Nursing Service. Timothy Goes to School was based on an incident in which her daughter was teased for wearing the wrong clothes to a Christmas concert. Her dogs, west highland terriers, Lucy and Snowy, work their way into her drawings in expression and body position. She admits, "I put into my books all of the things I remember. I am an accomplished eavesdropper in restaurants, trains, and gatherings of any kind. These remembrances are jumbled up and changed because fiction is always more palatable than truth. Memories become more true as they are honed and whittled into characters and stories."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kimberly on December 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
I adore this book! It was one of my favorites when I was small, and my very dog-eared copy still sits on my shelf. My dad would read it to me, and although I felt very sorry for Benjamin, I lived vicariously through Tulip! This is a darling book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L O'connor on December 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Every time Benjamin meets Tulip she says "I'm gonna beat you up" and she does. Tulip is a little horror, gleefully dropping from the trees to mess up Benjamin's new suit with mud, an unruly, fearsome girl, as different as can be from the little goody-goody Ruby of the Max and Ruby books. Max eventually finds a watermelon helpful in taming the tyrannical Tulip and the book has a happy ending. Very amusing and much less bland than Rosemary Wells' other books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Butler on July 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
One of the treasured delights from my childhood, this book is still on my shelves. With the aid of a watermelon, long-suffering Benjamin finally comes to grips with his nemesis, Tulip.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book as a child, and am so sad we didn't hold on to my copy (especially if you notice how much the price is on the used copies). I managed to borrow a copy from a local library and my four year old son LOVES it too. He can't read it, but has memorized it and loves the illustrations of Tulip jumping out of the tree to terrorize poor Benjamin.
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Format: Paperback
This book ROCKS! I love it so much I still have a copy of it now as an adult w/a child of my own. AND I named my Pug after one of the characters...Tulip of course! HA!
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