Believing in Books: The Story of Lillian Smith (Stories of Canada Series)

Believing in Books: The Story of Lillian Smith (Stories of Canada Series)

by Sydell Waxman, Liz Milkau, Patty Gallinger
     
 

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This biography is the story of a child who took her love of childrens' books and found a way to share it with the world as she grew up. Her voice would be the first to carry the message of childrens' right to read across the world.

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This biography is the story of a child who took her love of childrens' books and found a way to share it with the world as she grew up. Her voice would be the first to carry the message of childrens' right to read across the world.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Smith, author of The Unreluctant Years (ALA, 1991), is an icon of children's librarianship. She began her career at the New York Public Library in the early 1900s working with Anne Carroll Moore, eventually moving on to the Toronto Public Library. In 1922, she opened the Boys and Girls House, a library for children, and built a collection that is still recognized internationally. Throughout her long career, Smith fought to connect children and books, never compromising her belief that children deserve the best. Waxman has simplified this woman's story by creating characters who are composites of numerous individuals and at times telling Smith's story from their point of view. However, she notes that "The facts, the quotes and the scenarios remain historically accurate." Unfortunately, the book is at times simplistic and idealistic, glossing over the real struggles Smith faced. Average-quality, black-and-white photos, drawings, and reproductions appear throughout, often in the wide margins that also feature quotes by the woman and her contemporaries. While children's librarians may appreciate this tribute to Smith, the book will have limited appeal for children.-Laura Reed, Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780929141770
Publisher:
Dundurn Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Stories of Canada Series, #3
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 9.76(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Sydell Waxman's eclectic career has encompassed work as an historical researcher, school librarian, museum lecturer, entrepreneur and writer. Her first book Changing the Pattern: The Story of Emily Stowe the biography of Canada’s first female physician Emily Stowe, was selected for the Our Choice seal from the CCBC and won the Toronto Heritage Award in 1998.

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