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Sydney Taylor: A Centenary Celebration

Within the last few years, Julia Child died at the age of ninety-one; Katharine Hepburn at ninety-six; Bob Hope at one hundred. As we watched the retrospectives of their lives promulgated through media tributes, we also saw histories of the twentieth century. Each of these famous Americans offered a life story that is also a […]

Editorial: Another Letter to the First Librarian

Dear Mrs. Bush: This is the second time we’ve corresponded via this page; my last letter (see “The Truth’s Superb Surprise,” March/April 2003) concerned our mutual love of poetry, and I hope you’ll be pleased to hear that our next issue is a special one devoted to that genre, with contributions from some of our […]

The Carrot Seed

by Maurice Sendak There is no doubt in my mind that The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson was a remarkable breakthrough book. The terrible war ended in 1945 and this harmless-looking book was published at the same time—harmless-looking perhaps, but revolutionary in content. Here we have a real boy standing up for […]