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Originally aired on National Public Radio in the summer of 1986, these interviews with renowned writers and illustrators were conducted by Anita Silvey, then the editor of the Horn Book, and produced by Greg Fitzgerald. Also broadcast was a review by school children of Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express. All are available as audio or in transcript.

 

 

radio reviewRobert McCloskey on Make Way for Ducklings and his start in children’s books. (transcript)

“I get a lot of letters. Not only from children but from adults, too. Almost every week, every month, clippings come in from some part of the world where ducks are crossing the street.”

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radio reviewRosemary Wells on Max, Ruby, and what makes a classic picture book. (transcript)

“Max and Ruby, I believe, are the quintessence of an older and younger sibling relationship. They are universal, and I had it in my house and it became a book.”

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radio reviewUri Shulevitz on his own and others’ picture book techniques. (transcript)

“There can be a use of color — of many colors — that will give a feeling of black and white, and there can be a use of black and white that has a feeling of color.”

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radio reviewJames Marshall on the birth of George, Martha, and Viola Swamp. (transcript)

“Actually, it was just a blank page and there were two little dots already in the paper and I recognized them as eyes and I started developing around the character that has become Martha, my hippo.”

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radio reviewThe Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is reviewed by school children in Wayland, Massachusetts. (transcript)

“I think that the saying, “a picture says a thousand words” really is good for this book because you can really tell what is happening.”

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  1. Allison Gray says:

    What a treasure – to hear James Marshall speak about his characters!

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