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Atwater - Mr. Popper's Penguins
Atwater - Mr. Popper's Penguins
One letter from Florence Atwater to Elizabeth Rider Montgomery. Mr. Popper's Penguins was a Newbery Honor book in 1939. Illustrated by Robert Lawson, the story continues to be enjoyed today.
Daugherty - Andy and the Lion
Daugherty - Andy and the Lion
Three page letter from James Daugherty to Elizabeth Rider Montgomery. Andy and the Lion was published in 1938 by Viking Press. The book was a runner-up for the Caldecott Award in 1939. A retelling of the fable Androcles and the Lion, Daugherty orginally designed the story as a wordless book. Text was added before publication at the request of the publisher., The James Henry Daugherty Papers are part of the Kerlan Collection, within The Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minesota Libraries: http://special.lib.umn.edu/clrc/kerlan/index
Gramatky - Little Toot
Gramatky - Little Toot
Four page questionnaire completed by Hardie Gramatky; one letter from Hardie Gramatky to Elizabeth Rider Montgomery with suggested chapter revisions. Little Toot was published in 1939 by G. P. Putnam's Sons. Inspired by his studio view of tugboats on the East River in New York City, Little Toot was Gamatky's first children's book.
Holling - Paddle to the Sea
Holling - Paddle to the Sea
Four page questionnaire completed by Holling Clancy Holling; Three letters to Elizabeth Rider Montgomery from Holling Clancy Holling. Paddle to the Sea was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 1942 and received the Lewis Caroll Shelf Award in 1962., The Online Archive of California holds the Holling Clancy Holling Papers: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf6k4007. A film was made in 1966. Directed by William Mason, the film was nominated for an Oscar in 1968 in the category of Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects. You can view this film on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfQuTBmW4RU.
Knight - Lassie Come Home
Knight - Lassie Come Home
Four page questionnaire completed by Jere Knight; one letter to Jere knight from Elizabeth Rider Mongomery; one letter to Elizabeth Rider Montgomery from Elizabeth Morton. Lassie Come Home was published by John C. Winston Co. in 1940., A brief biography of Eric Mowbray Knight is included on the Chelsea Collies Website: http://www.chelsea-collies.com/knight.html
Lattimore - Little Pear
Lattimore - Little Pear
Four page questionnaire completed by Eleanor Frances Lattimore; Two letters to Elizabeth Rider Montgomery from Eleanor Frances Lattimore; Little Pear was published in 1931 by Harcourt, Brace and Co. The Eleanor Frances Lattimore Papers are housed in the de Grummond Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi., Two university special collections hold materials for Lattimore. The Eleanor Frances Lattimore Papers are part of the deGrummond Children's Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi: http://www.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/ and The Eleanor Frances Lattimore Papers are part of the Kerlan Collection, within The Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minesota Libraries: http://special.lib.umn.edu/clrc/kerlan/index.
Lenski - Little Auto
Lenski - Little Auto
Four page questionnaire completed by Lois Lenski; Two letters to Elizabeth Rider Montgomery from Lois Lenski; One postcard to Elizabeth Rider Montgomery from Lois Lenski. Little Auto was published in 1934 by Oxford University Press. The book was considered to be innovative because at that time authors did not write about ordinary things like automobiles in children's literature., The Lois Lenski Collection is housed in the Library Special Collecions at The University of North Caroline, Greensboro. http://library.uncg.edu/depts/speccoll/lenski/. A smaller collection of Lenski's papers of are housed as part of The deGrummond Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi. http://www.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/. The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc. is a charitable institute whose purpose is to assist organizations in their efforts to provide books to children who might otherwise lack access to children's literature. For information on Grants that are awarded by this Foundation go to: http://www.loislenskicovey.org/.
Means - Shuttered Windows
Means - Shuttered Windows
Four letters from Florence Crannell Means to Elizabeth Rider Montgomery and a four page questionnaire completed by Florence Crannell Means. Shuttered Windows was published in 1938 by Houghton Mifflin.
Milne - The complete tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
Milne - The complete tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
Two page letter from A. A. Milne to Elizabeth Rider Montgomery. Winnie the Pooh was published in 1926 by Dutton. This simple letter about the origins of Winnie the Pooh is postmarked from Crotchford Farm, Sussex, the setting of the Pooh stories.
Rawlings - The Yearling
Rawlings - The Yearling
The Yearling was published in 1938 by Charles Scribner's Sons. Rawlings was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939 for The Yearling., The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Papers are in the Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida Smathers Libraries: http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/manuscript/rawlings/rawlings.htm. The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park was established in 2006: http://www.floridastateparks.org/marjoriekinnanrawlings/. A citizen support organization is associated with the park - The Friends of the M.K. Rawlings Farm, Inc. Their Web site is: http://host69.hrwebservices.net/~marjori/.
Stong - Honk the Moose
Stong - Honk the Moose
Letter from Phil Stong to Elizabeth Rider Montgomery and a four page questionnaire completed by Phil Stong. Honk the moose was published in 1935 by Dodd, Mead.
Thurber - Many Moons
Thurber - Many Moons
Three letters from James Thurber to Elizabeth Rider Montgomery; Four page questionnaire completed by James Thurber. Many Moons was published in 1942 by Harcourt-Brace. Artist Louis Slobodkin received the 1943 Caldecott Award for his illustrations.
d'Aulaire - Ola
d'Aulaire - Ola
Letter from Edgar and Ingri d'Aulaire to Elizabeth Rider Montgomery; Four page questionnaire completed by Edgar d'Aulaire; Four page questionnaire completed by Ingri d'Aulaire. Ola was published in 1932 by Doubleday Doran. The d'Aularies wrote and published as an author-illustator team gathering inspiration from nature and nordic folktales. According to the d'Aulaires, the intent of Ola was to present Norway to American children., The Ingri and Edgar d'Aulaire Papers are part of The deGrummond Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi. http://www.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/