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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
By middle school, what American student hasn't read Charlotte's Web? Or perhaps Stuart Little, a tale of White's independent and questing mouse? Wheeler introduces young readers to their creator, telling the story of a tender childhood in a cultured family, White's aversion to school, but devotion to writing, of his career and its rewards. Especially fascinating are the photographs of his family's immaculate gabled barn, where White tended birds, dogs, rabbits, and horses, and their gorgeous Queen Anne house with its tower and lovely, sweeping veranda. Another picture shows his mother and siblings as they summer in Maine, a place he loved all his life. White began to write before he was ten, continued at Cornell University, winning several prizes. He ended up in New York and is famous for his essays for New Yorker magazine, where he met his wife Katharine. They spent time in both states, absorbed with work they did well. The New Yorker will not resonate yet with middle-schoolers, but kids who love to write may become acquainted later with his part in Strunk and White's Elements of Style. Several pages describe his two best-known children's books: Stuart Little apparently inspired by a dream magnified by White's imagination, while Charlotte grew out of his observations of spiders in his Maine barn. (Readers can try The Trumpet of the Swan (1970), about a swan who has no voice, but learns to express himself playing a trumpet.) Part of the "Checkerboard Biography Library," the book is brief, but gives a picture of White's quiet life of the mind and his multiple awards, explained in a glossary. Oddly, for such an accomplished writer, the publisher lists no bibliography, but suggests visiting their website, abdopublishing.com. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617835797
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Children's Authors Set 7 Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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