>Matthew insists on puffed sleeves

>and Anne her e. But what's the difference between gray and grey?
Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton was editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc. from 1996-2021. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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Roger Sutton

>Susan, that's a great line. And if Kadohata had used grey I would be too distracted by the spelling to see the color.

Posted : Mar 11, 2010 04:08


IrreverendAmy

>Oh, and my gray cat is definitely gray. Maybe if she tilted more toward the brown than the blue, she'd be grey. Then again, maybe anyone who spells her name Stephenie shouldn't be trusted on such matters.

Posted : Mar 11, 2010 11:57


IrreverendAmy

>I agree that "Colours" is pretentious (Anonymous @ 10:42, maybe you're mixing up Joan Baez with Joni Mitchell--Baez is US American) but IMO gray/grey is different, since both are permissible under US spelling.

Posted : Mar 11, 2010 11:52


Melinda

>"Shades of gray, wherever I go; the more I find out, the less that I know."

Tip of the pen (keyboard) to Billy Joel

Posted : Mar 10, 2010 10:31


Susan Patron

>Cynthia Kadohata writes in her beautiful new book, A MILLION SHADES OF GRAY, "The next morning he woke up before sunrise. The green shades of the jungle seemed gray in the dim light. A million shades of gray, just like the hide of an elephant."

Posted : Mar 10, 2010 08:27


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