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The Newbery Award was created by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1922. Its mission was to recognize authors and individual stories that contribute to the literature of children and further to give librarians an opportunity to encourage good writing. Gareth Stevens Publishing is pleased to support the aims of the ALA with The Newbery Authors Collection, an anthology series featuring selections from the lifework of winners and honorees. A portion of all proceeds will be given to the ALA.From fantasy stories by such twentieth century greats as Madeleine L'Engle and Robin McKinley to real-world stories from the likes of Jean Craighead George, Walter D. Edmonds, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Richard Peck, the tales that fill these volumes contain abundant evidence of the many themes, characters, and writing skills that blossomed among Newbery winners. As a reference series, an introduction to great writers, or just good reading, these volumes offer representative stories from award-winning authors. They also offer biographies and more at an interest level appropriate for young readers, reluctant readers, blossoming young authors, and adults alike.
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Gr 4-8-Two collections of short pieces by Newbery authors, but not necessarily excerpts or chapters from their award-winning books. No criteria is given for the selection of these stories, other than the fact that they are supposedly outstanding children's literature drawn from the "life work" of these writers. There is no explanation of why, for example, Elizabeth Coatsworth and Elizabeth Yates are represented in both volumes. To compound the issue, the sources of these pieces are not immediately apparent. In all but a couple of instances, the only the copyright date, and from whence permission was obtained to reprint the story. Someone familiar with children's literature can identify Betsy Byars's "The Dancing Camel" as a picture-book text she wrote, but the story here suffers without the illustrations. One glaring error occurs in the note about Lloyd Alexander where it refers to his "Westmark" trilogy as the "Westover" trilogy. While some of the pieces, such as "The Highest Hit" by Nancy Willard, are contemporary and appealing, many of the stories are of historical interest, but will have little appeal to today's children.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ
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Book Description Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0836828569
Book Description Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2001. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0836828569