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

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, […]

Where Do All the Prizes Go?: The Case for Nonfiction

By Milton Meltzer Every year since 1922 the Newbery Medal has been awarded to an author for “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.“ Of the fifty-three Newbery winners to date, how many have been nonfiction? Only five: Hendrik Van Loon’s Story of Mankind (Liveright), the very first, in 1922; Cornelia Meigs’ Invincible Louisa (Little), 1934; […]

Where Do All the Prizes Go? The Case for Nonfiction

by Milton Meltzer Every year since 1922 the Newbery Medal has been awarded to an author for “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Of the fifty-three Newbery winners to date, how many have been nonfiction? Only five: Hendrik Van Loon’s Story of Mankind (Liveright), the very first, in 1922; Cornelia Meigs’ Invincible […]