May Massee: As Her Author-Illustrators See Her

may massee

by Ludwig Bemelmans About seven years ago a typographer brought Miss Massee to my house for dinner. It was a dreary building of six rooms in a noisy neighborhood. The windows of my living room looked out at a cobweb of telegraph wires, a water tank, and a Claude Neon sign that flashed “Two Pants […]

In Defense of Butterflies

by Barbara Newhall Follett A flash of black and orange outside the upstairs window; I sprang up. leaving arithmetic problems to solve themselves. “Butterfly!” I yelled, for the information of anyone who wanted to know. I grabbed my net and raced outdoors. A butterfly as lustrous as the one that had just sailed by was […]

Personal Progress Toward the Orient*

Thomas Handforth

by Thomas Handforth *Paper read at the meeting of the Section for Work with Children on the occasion of the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco, June 20, 1939. My progress to the Orient began apparently with my first baby steps and observations. I was born in Tacoma and spent my childhood on the […]

Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1938-1939

Animals of the Bible, a Picture Book by Dorothy Lathrop

Below are original Horn Book Magazine reviews of Caldecott Medal winners from the inaugural 1938 award to 1939. 1938 DOROTHY LATHROP Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book (Stokes) Twenty-seven pictures presenting the Creation, Noah’s Ark, Abraham’s ram, Daniel’s lions, Jonah’s great fish, the Good Samaritan’s beast, the Prodigal Son’s pigs and many others less […]

Thomas Handforth’s “Mei Li”

Mei Li

reviewed by Elizabeth Coatsworth No picture book of the year is more beautiful than Mei Li, the story of the adventure of a little Chinese girl going with her brother to the nearby town to see the winter fair, and returning by camel to their farm in time to welcome the arrival of the Kitchen […]

The Story of “Mei Li”*

Mei Li

by Thomas Handforth *A paper read at the Newbery-Caldecott dinner at the Sixty-first Annual Conference of the American Library Association meeting in San Francisco. This paper and the one following, “Personal Progress Toward the Orient,” are published for their permanent value in place of the informal remarks made by Mr. Handforth as he accepted the […]