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Archives for 1974

Virginia Hamilton, the Great

by Jane Langton Why does Virginia Hamilton perch M. C. Higgins on a swaying pole forty feet high? Why, why? Why is there a secret model of the solar system in The Planet of Junior Brown (Macmillan)? Are they images for the vastness of all-surrounding reality? Do they work? Do they help? Or are they merely puzzling […]

Horn Book Fanfare 1974

Best books of 1974 Chosen annually by our editors, Fanfare is The Horn Book Magazine’s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year. Picture Books Everett Anderson’s Year written by Lucille Clifton, illustrated by Ann Grifalconi (Holt) Where’s Gomer? written by Norma Farber, illustrated by William Pène du Bois (Dutton) Jambo […]

Profile of Newbery Medalist Paula Fox

by Augusta Baker The Slave Dancer is Paula Fox’s first historical novel, though she has written fourteen books, eleven for children and three for adults. The novel is set in 1840 but its vividness reaches beyond the past — beyond the horror, the cruelty, and the ugliness of the slave trade — to touch us […]

The Slave Dancer: Author Paula Fox’s 1974 Newbery Medal Acceptance

by Paula Fox Nearly all the work of writing is silent. A writer does it alone. And the original intention — that first sudden stirring of one’s imagination — is made up of many small, almost always humble, things. Because a major ef­fort of writing is reflection, which is silent and solitary, I place thought […]

An Argument Worth Opening

From School Library Journal, May 1974. © 1974 R. R. Bowker Company/A Xerox Corporation. Reprinted with permission. By Lillian N. Gerhardt Innumerable commentators on children’s books plug the idea that children’s books are part of “…the mainstream of American literature.” The authors, illustrators, publishers, reviewers, and librarians who have employed or applauded that self-congratulatory tag […]