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My Mysterious World

My Mysterious World

by Margaret Mahy, Janice Boland (Editor), David Alexander (Photographer)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3Composed in short, simple sentences, these sketchy autobiographies focus almost entirely on what each author might say in response to children's questions. Because Kuskin's descriptions of how she writes are interspersed with selections from her poetry, Thoughts might prove to be a more lively read-aloud experience than Mysterious World; and Kuskin's whimsical illustrations provide additional interest. Some of the information is available in other sources, such as Major Authors & Illustrators for Children & Young Adults (Gale, 1992) or the sound filmstrip, First Choice: Poets & Poetry: Karla Kuskin (Pied Piper, 1979). Mahy's story is unique because of setting (rural New Zealand), and because of the high quality of the accompanying photographs showing the author at work and play. There are some unnecessary details included, however; the fact that she gets dressed, makes her bed, and has breakfast doesn't heighten readers' perception of her writing process. Nonetheless, Mahy does come across as quite approachable, and this title could serve as an introduction to her works. In both volumes, the prose is serviceable but flat, depriving readers of the variety and elegance of language that they have come to associate with these writers' fiction and poetry. The presentations are enhanced by excellent-quality, recent full-color photographs, as well as by reproductions of older pictures from family albums. Useful additions where author studies are an important part of the curriculum.Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY

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Owen, Richard C. Publishers, Incorporated
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7.27(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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