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“Gold and Frankincense and Myrrh”

In a strange way, every day is a day of gift-giving for those who work with children and books. Such words, of course, should be no more than whispered; for who can endure to think that he or she has made a routine of what should be spontaneous? But if we permit our thoughts to […]

Review of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg 162 pp.     Atheneum     1967     $3.95 If there were such a thing as a recipe for a successful children’s book — for which we can be grateful there is not — this one would doubtless violate all the rules. The main characters are […]

Review of The Outsiders

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton 188 pp.     Viking     1967     $3.95 The teen-agers of the Oklahoma community in this novel are divided into the haves and have-nots: the Mustang and madras-shirt set known as the Socs and the long-haired, leather-jacketed, knife-and-chain set known as the greasers. When they meet in vacant lots […]

Review of The Egypt Game

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder; illus. by Alton Raible 215 pp.     Atheneum     1967     $3.95 An abandoned, closed-in yard behind an antique shop was the perfect place to play the Egypt Game. The children could put up their altars to Set, the Evil One, and to Nefertiti or Isis (as the bust of Nefertiti […]

Review of Zeely

Zeely by Virginia Hamilton; illus. by Symeon Shimin 122 pp.     Macmillan     1967     $3.95     g In a unique, plotless story, the unusual is first suggested when Elizabeth decides to call her little brother Toeboy and herself Geeder for the summer. The old house on Uncle Ross’ farm and the outdoors of catalpa forest, hen yard, […]

The Lonesome Boy Theme

by Arna Bontemps In the eighteenth century, I have been told, there was a popular saying to the effect that nobody would ever have fallen in love if he had not first read about it in the poets. Whether or not this is true, there is certainly something to be said for the proposition that […]

A Letter from C. S. Lewis

by James E. Higgins C. S. Lewis considered himself to be something less than an expert in the field of children’s books. In a letter to me dated July 31, 1962, he wrote: “. . . my knowledge of children’s literature is really very limited. . . . My own range is about exhausted by Macdonald, Tolkien, E. Nesbit, and […]

Walt Disney Accused

In the spring of this year Max Rafferty, California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, wrote an article praising Walt Disney as “the greatest educator of this century.” Frances Clarke Sayers challenged Dr. Rafferty’s stand in a letter to the Los Angeles Times, which we reprint with Mrs. Sayers’ permission. It is a pity, in this fairest […]

Walt Disney Accused

In the spring of this year Max Rafferty, California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, wrote an article praising Walt Disney as “the greatest educator of this century.” Frances Clarke Sayers challenged Dr. Rafferty’s stand in a letter to the Los Angeles Times, which we reprint with Mrs. Sayers’ permission. It is a pity, in this fairest […]

Lloyd Alexander Letter to Ruth Hill Viguers (June 1, 1965)

  1 June, 1965 Dear Ruth: I hope it’s permissible for an author to spend an inordinate number of hours in gleeful pride (or prideful glee?) over a review in THE HORN BOOK. In any case, that’s what I’ve been doing. Well, needless to say I’m delighted you liked THE BLACK CAULDRON. Seriously delighted, for […]