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A Profile of Gerald McDermott

from left: Gerald McDermott, Priscilla Moulton, and former Horn Book editor Paul Heins

by Priscilla Moulton The awarding of the 1975 Caldecott Medal for Arrow to the Sun (Viking) concludes a critical period for Gerald McDermott, a  period begun two years earlier when Anansi the Spider (Holt) was designated a Caldecott Honor Book. Gerald then realized that his work as a book illustrator was valued by children’s librarians, […]

On the Rainbow Trail

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by Gerald McDermott I’ve been on a journey past paper mountains, flying men, foolish spiders, talking trees, and the flaming arrows of the solar fire. It  has been a journey of discovery through the bizarre and exotic forms of world mythology. The Rainbow Trail has become a path for my work as an artist. The […]

Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1970-1979

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1970 WILLIAM STEIG, Author-Illustrator Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Windmill/Simon) Sylvester the young donkey was a pebble collector; one day he found a flaming red stone, shiny and round — and quite  unaccountably able to grant wishes. Overjoyed, Sylvester was planning to share his magic with his family when “a mean, hungry lion” appeared. Startled […]

Picture Books, Art and Illustration

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From Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books, 1966-1975 edited by Lee Kingman, published by The Horn Book, 1975 Ten years, ten books. Ten books that, one by one, have been put forth as the best of the year’s picture books, by inference the best that America could produce. This is the burden of the Newbery and […]

Review of The Friends

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Reviewed by Ethel L. Heins ROSA GUY      The Friends 204 pp.      Holt      1973 The first juvenile novel by a young writer is a penetrating story of considerable emotional depth. Two teenaged girls — Phyllisia and her older sister Ruby — come to New York from the West Indies to join their émigré parents in ” […]

Review of Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

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Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost; illustrated by Susan Jeffers 32 pp. Dutton 1978 ISBN 0-525-40115-6 $7.95 A beautiful picture book, handsomely designed, which is obviously an inspired creation. The illustrator, working with artistry and skill and reflecting both the wintry atmosphere and the natural serenity of the poem, has made […]

On Poetry and Black American Poets

by Ashley Bryan I walk through woods to the shore of an island off the coast of Maine. Poems are in my head and in the notebook I carry. You would think, to see me, that I am walking alone, but I feel that poets are with me. They listen, encourage, and respond to the […]

The Dillons on the Dillions

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Diane Dillon by Leo Dillon DIANE DILLON is one of the finest artists I’ve ever known, and I realized it even before I met her. I was at Parsons School of Design in New York City when one day I noticed a painting hanging on the wall at a student exhibition. It was a painting […]

Virginia Haviland’s reviews of The Search for Delicious and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

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Natalie Babbitt, Author-Illustrator     The Search for Delicious     g 167 pp.    Farrar    $3.95 Another allegorical story points up the foolishness of a petty argument that leads to a full-scale conflict. The folly begins at court with such a heated disagreement over a definition for “delicious” that DeCree, lexicographer and Prime Minister, sends his assistant, twelve-year-old Gaylen, […]

Leo and Diane Dillon

by Phyllis J. Fogelman DIANE AND LEO DILLON were born just eleven days apart in the month of March and both recall loving to draw for as long as they can remember. Although there are other similarities in their backgrounds, there are also  great differences. Leo was born and brought up in Brooklyn, New York. […]