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Margaret, Frank, and Andy: Three Writers' Stories Library Binding – September 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books (J); 1st edition (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152010831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152010836
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In three very brief biographies heralding the life and work of Margaret Wise Brown, L. Frank Baum and E. B. White, Rylant tells the kind of anecdotes that are sure to spark the interest of young readers who might otherwise be turned off by nonfiction. She illuminates the personalities of the three classic writers, explaining their creative processes in the same type of clear, unembellished prose she uses in her fiction (Missing May; The Van Gogh Cafe). The author recounts how Brown couldn't think of plots when she was a college student taking a writing course, but later got the idea for her Noisy books when the illustrator Leonard Weisgard told her his father had recorded the sounds of London streets. Baum's naming of the land of Oz is connected to a particular file drawer marked O-Z; Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web are shown to reflect White's love of animals and farm life. Each chapter is prefaced with a memorable excerpt from the writer's work and accompanied by black-and-white photographs. This slim, small-sized volume showcases Rylant's storytelling abilities, formidable in their own right, and even more so when used as a bridge to the storytelling of others. All ages.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-In this beautifully formatted look at three children's book authors, Rylant gives basic information about Margaret Wise Brown, L. Frank Baum, and E.B. White (known as Andy). Because each writer's profile is under 15 pages, the author focuses on the dominant themes of their lives. In Brown's case, it seems to have been the ease with which she achieved her success. After what seems to have been a blissfully happy childhood, Brown was studying to become a teacher when a story she wrote was sent to a publisher by friend. It was accepted and published without one word being changed. Brown continued on a successful course until her sudden death at the age of 42. By dramatic contrast, L. Frank Baum had a life of almost total failure. The Oz books were his one success. E.B. White was tremendously accomplished and renowned in his chosen field, but, according to Rylant, he worried about everything from the serious to the mundane. The only thing he didn't worry about was his career. He knew he would be a writer. Rylant ably sums up each career in just a few pages, giving readers an idea of the person behind the books. Three or four photos of each of the subjects at various stages in their lives are included. While not enough information is given about any of these figures to give a full view of their lives, this book is a worthy tribute to three of the most famous American writers for children.
Melissa Hudak, North Suburban District Library, Roscoe, IL
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of numerous distinguished novels and picture books for young readers. In addition to her beginning-reader series: Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, as well as her Cobble Street Cousins early-chapter series, she is also the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Missing May, the Newbery Honor Book A Fine White Dust, and two Caldecott Honor-winning picture books.

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