From Publishers Weekly
More like a book of aphoristic verse than a commemorative volume, this book collects quotes from the late Henson, as well as his characters, family members, friends and collaborators. Cheryl Henson, Jim's daughter and a current director of the Jim Henson Company, notes that some of the material comes from previously unpublished letters and personal notebooks. Henson advocates a following of one's own rainbow-"I think if you study-if you learn too much of what others have done, you may tend to take the same direction as everybody else"-and taking one's own time in doing so. ("No time is wasted time," says Cantus Fraggle.) Though some thoughts border on treacly ("When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world...It's a wonderful life and I love it"), most-especially those in the voices of Kermit and others-contain insight into Henson's unique life and work.
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About the Author
first started his career on a local TV show Sam and Friends
in Washington D.C in 1958. In 1969, he formed the core of the children's program, Sesame Street,
which continues to air today and has been shown in more than a hundred countries around the world. Henson's creations were soon seen on The Muppet Show,
which aired in 1976 through 1981 and later on Fraggle Rock, Jim Henson's Muppet Babies
, and Jim Henson's The Storyteller.
The Muppets moved to star in six feature films: The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island,
and Muppets From Space
. In addition to making Muppet movies, Henson also brought two remarkably original fantasy films to the big screen, The Dark Crystal
. Henson died in May of 1990, survived by his wife and five children.