From School Library Journal
Gr 2-4–This collection of stories profiles Louis Pasteur, Harriet Tubman, Confucius, Helen Keller, and Will Roger to highlight the values of “Believing in yourself,” “Helping,” “Honesty,” “Determination,” and “Humor.” The author explains that “Like a biography, an Imaginography is about real people and events but it is told in a more fun and imaginative way.” Each selection is followed by a page that fleshes out the historical facts and suggests finding more information at a local library, at the Library of Congress website, or at a website specific to that individual, with URLs provided. The mission of the book is laudable, the large and colorful format is attractive, and the illustrations are skilled if cloyingly cute. However, the text is incredibly condescending, the writing is only fair, and the device of a personified “True Voice” is confusing (each person's inner voice is depicted as a bee, a star, or some other Jiminy Cricket stand-in). Adults may approve of this earnest and preachy volume, but it seems unlikely that children will take its messages to heart.Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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About the Author
Spencer Johnson, M.D.
, is one of the world’s most respected thinkers and beloved authors.
His eleven international bestselling books include the #1 titles Who Moved My Cheese?
® An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change,
the most widely read book on change, and The One Minute Manager
®, the world’s most popular management method for over two decades, coauthored with Kenneth Blanchard.
Dr. Johnson is often referred to as “the best there is at taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions that work.”
He recieved a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and performed medical clerkships at the Mayo Clinic and the Harvard Medical School.
He has served as Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Business School, and is currently Advisor to the Center For Public Leadership at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
His work has captured the attention of major media, including the Associated Press, the BBC, CNN, Fortune
, the New York Times
, the Today
magazine, USA Today
, and United Press International.
More than forty-six million copies of Spencer Johnson's books are in print worldwide in more than forty-seven languages.
Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including By the Dawn’s Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner
by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kids’ Pick of the Lists and a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; A Quiet Place
by Douglas Wood; and Sailor Boy Jig
by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including With a Little Help from Daddy
and A Special Day for Mommy
. Dan lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.