Little by Little: A Writer's Education

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One of Canada's most popular children's book authors recalls the challenges of her youth -- wrenching moves from home, the fight for acceptance in a new school, and her battles against failing eyesight.

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Beloved and award-winning author Jean Little has garnered numerous accolades for her work. Born in Taiwan to Canadian doctors who were serving as missionaries, she was legally blind from birth. Little obtained a B.A. in English Language & Literature from the University of Toronto. She went on to write 44 more works, including novels, picture books, poetry, short stories, and two autobiographical books. She has six honorary degrees and is a Member of the Order of Canada. Little lives in Guelph, Ontario, with her family.

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Gr 5 Up Jean Little is an accomplished Canadian writer of fiction for young people. She is also severely visually handicapped, legally blind. In this autobiography that focuses on her life from childhood through college, Little shares with readers the accumulated humiliations and strengths compounded throughout these tender times as she struggled to live as a blind child in a sighted world. With a relentless memory for the cruel and sad anecdotes recalling every ridiculing playground and classroom putdown, she engages readers' sensibilities as well. Although Little attributes much of her strength and determination to her parents, readers may sometimes be left wondering if their ``tough it out on your own, Jean'' attitude didn't often make them right for the wrong reason. A book whose focus is on the durability and inspiration to be found in a solid family commitment and the individual's spirit of hard work and determination. Catherine vanSonnenberg, LaJolla Country Day School, Calif.

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