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Archives for 1984

Horn Book Fanfare 1984

Best books of 1984 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 Spirit Child: A Story of the Nativity translated by John Bierhorst, illustrated by Barbara Cooney (Morrow) How My Parents Learned to Eat written by Ina R. […]

1984 Caldecott Medal profile of Alice and Martin Provensen by Nancy Willard

By Nancy Willard Of all my visits to the Provensens’ farm, there is one I shall never forget. My husband, my son, and I, along with Barbara Lucas, the editor of A Visit to William Blake’s Inn (Harcourt) spent a delightful afternoon with Alice and Martin, who deserve a gold medal for their hospitality. It […]

Reviews of The Glorious Flight and A Visit to William Blake’s Inn

Alice and Martin Provensen, Authors-Illustrators The Glorious Flight; Across the Channel with Louis Blériot July 25, 1909     g 39 pp. Viking 1983 ISBN 0-670-34259-9  13.45 (Younger, Intermediate) Soft colors provide a subdued background for the story of Louis Blériot’s struggles to construct and fly and operating airplane. Smitten by the idea of flight, as with […]

Art and Text — And Context

In an editorial last year I wrote about some disquieting aspects of contemporary picture book publishing. But equally dismaying — perhaps even more so in these times of economic stringency — is the mania for publishing modern classics of children’s literature in lush, expensive, newly illustrated editions. Are we genuinely concerned with books for children, […]

A Chair for My Mother: Vera B. Williams’ Boston Globe–Horn Book Award acceptance speech

by Vera B. Williams First, I would simply like to share with you the fact that I am exceptionally happy to be here. It may be that I feel this way because I became a writer and an illustrator of children’s books only in recent years. I had intended to do so when I was […]