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Children's LiteratureThis title is part of the "Children's Authors" series which follows the author from childhood, through the stages of early career struggles and successes, to later life. Lists of major works are included, and lots of short anecdotes and photographs are used to add interest. Each book has a glossary of new words, references to interesting websites, and an easy-to-use index. The sentences and paragraphs are short, and the prose is straightforward, making it ideal for early readers of nonfiction. Robert McCloskey is most well known for his book, Make Way for Ducklings, which won the Caldecott Award in 1942, and the book takes considerable time detailing the creation of that work. Wheeler also shows McCloskey's many interests from playing the harmonica to soap-carving, and discusses his life and career in some depth. The emphasis on awards and jobs may be a bit tedious for younger readers because they are so abstract, but the inclusion of many photographs helps to make McCloskey's life and work more concrete. This book would be very useful in the classroom for teaching research and writing skills or for introducing children to the man behind Make Way for Ducklings. 2005, ABDO Publishing Company, Ages 7 to 10.