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Susan Cooper Letter to Anita Silvey (June 7, 1986)

7 June 1986 Dear Anita, Here’s my Second Look at THE NARGUN AND THE STARS. It’s 1150 words by my count; hope it will do. Just one plea: if anything is changed, even a comma, I’d like to approve it first. And if you share your predecessors’ determination never to publish a colon without capitalizing […]

Susan Cooper Letter to Ethel L. Heins (May 10, 1976)

 Winchester, Mass 01890 10th May 1976 Dear Ethel, I was in Margaret’s office when your letter and photocopy of the Newbery speech arrived, so carried them off. If you were afraid you might be sounding persnickety just wait till you read me! I am starting on the assumption that since this is a reprint of […]

Virginia Hamilton, the Great

By Jane Langton Why does Virginia Hamilton perch M. C. Higgins on a swaying pole forty feet high? Why, why? Why is there a secret model of the solar system in The Planet of Junior Brown (Macmillan)? Are they images for the vastness of all-surrounding reality? Do they work? Do they help? Or are they merely puzzling […]

Short Talk with a Prospective Children’s Writer

By Astrid Lindgren So, you’re going to write a children’s book? You’re not the only one. Plenty of people who can hold a pen — and more than a few who can’t — get it into their heads every now and again that now is the time to set about writing something for children. What […]

A Reply to Roald Dahl

By Eleanor Cameron Mr. Dahl states in his reply to my article “McLuhan, Youth, and Literature”: Part I (Horn Book, October 1972) that I have made a personal attack upon him. I had no intention of attacking Mr. Dahl personally. Concerning Eudora Welty, it is true that I believe in what she has to say about the three kinds […]

In Protest

Editorial by Paul Heins One of the strangest and most unexpected communications ever received by the editor of The Horn Book Magazine consists of pages 433 to 440 of the October 1972 issue ripped out from the body of the magazine, stapled together, and headed by the words “In protest.” It must be assumed that […]

McLuhan, Youth, and Literature: Part III

By Eleanor Cameron Perhaps some will not agree with me that the number of real children’s books — like the Borrower and the Green Knowe books, the Little House and the Moffat books, Charlotte’s Web(Harper), Island of the Blue Dolphins (Houghton), The Return of the Twelves (Coward), The Gammage Cup (Harcourt), the books of Philippa Pearce — those that sit securely as […]

McLuhan, Youth, and Literature: Part II

By Eleanor Cameron I believe it is a pity that considerable sums, taken out of tight library budgets, should be expended on sometimes as many as ten copies of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Knopf) and that hard-won classroom time should be given over to the reading aloud of a book without quality or lasting content. And […]

McLuhan, Youth, and Literature: Part I

By Eleanor Cameron In an age of television watching, I am probably, like most of you, a reading animal. It might even be that this hunger for reading, which seems to increase with age, is being sharpened by my aversion to those attitudes and practices which have called forth the ideas of Marshall McLuhan. I […]

Roald Dahl Letter to Paul Heins (October 6, 1972)

GYPSY HOUSE GREAT MISSENDEN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 6th October, 1972 Paul Heins Esq., The Horn Book, 585 Boylston Street, Boston, Mass.02116 U.S.A. Dear Mr. Heins, Kaye Webb has told me that Eleanor Cameron dislikes “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” intensely. She added that you weren’t crazy about it either. Both of you are entitled to think what […]