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September 23, 2007

Has the Man Booker Prize Turned Into a Children’s Literature Award? Coming Tomorrow on One-Minute Book Reviews

Tomorrow on One-Minute Book Reviews:
Dumbing down the Man Booker Prize: At least one novel on the short list for this year’s Man Booker Prize is written at such a low level, according to the readability statistics on Microsoft Word, you might think the prize had turned into a children’s literature award. Did J. K. Rowling’s publishers know about this?

Later this week:
Reconsidering Agatha Christie: Does she deserve the scorn she gets from critics?

Classic Picture Books Every Child Should Read #5: Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss.

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September 19, 2007

Dr. Seuss’s ‘Horton Hatches the Egg,’ a Classic Picture Book Every Child Should Read, Coming Saturday, Sept. 29, on One-Minute Book Reviews

Bennett Cerf, a founder of Random House, said that although he had published William Faulkner and other great writers, he had only one genius on his roster of authors: Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss). What made Dr. Seuss so great? On Saturday, Sept. 29, One-Minute Book Reviews looks at Horton Hatches the Egg in its “Classic Picture Books Every Child Should Read” series. You may also want to visit the site for the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Springfield Museum in the Massachusetts town where Geisel was born. Artist Patricia Polacco comments on Horton Hatches the Egg in the Quote of the Day on this site on June 22, 2007

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June 22, 2007

Artist Patricia Polacco on Dr. Seuss’s ‘Horton Hatches the Egg,’ Quote of the Day #30

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I’ve admired Patricia Polacco’s children’s books for years. So I was delighted to find this comment by Polacco about Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hatches the Egg, a book she loved as a child:

“The improbable animals with their mirthful, expressive faces enchanted me. And dear faithful, reliable, dependable Horton the elephant. He climbed onto that skinny, little limb that could hardly support his bulk without a second thought as to whether or not it could hold him. Then he carefully sat on something so fragile – a tiny bird’s egg – never considering that he might break it! This helped me realize what faith in oneself is all about! The heart of the story is about making a promise and keeping it … no matter what may come. He stayed on that little nest through the most horrific happenings. He never gave up!”

Patricia Polacco in The Art of Reading: Forty Illustrators Celebrate RIF’s 40th Anniversary (Dutton, $19.99). Foreword by Leonard Marcus. In this book 40 well-known picture-book artists celebrate the 40th anniversary of the literacy program Reading Is Fundamental by creating new illustrations for books they loved as children or teenagers. The illustrators also speak, as Polacco does here, about what made the books so appealing. Contributors include Pat Cummings, Yumi Heo, Susan Jeffers, William Joyce, Jerry Pinkney and David Wiesner.

Comment by Janice Harayda:
Polacco has found the inspiration for many of her books in her Russian and Irish background. She also has also written memorably about cross-cultural friendships, the subject of her picture books Chicken Sunday and Mrs. Katz and Tush.

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