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That is one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen! It is such a gift to read to your children. When I read to my daughter, I can still here my mother's reading voice in my head.

Jennifer D G

I remember in Marguerite de Angeli's book THEE, HANNAH where Hannah borrows and ruins her friend Celia's sash and then hides it in a drawer. I remember also how Hannah helps a runaway slave. But still, as a child, that sash scene is what scared me most.

I am glad to be reminded of those wonderful stories.

Lois Lowry

My copies of the de Angeli books are in my old farmhouse n Maine. My son, who has two little boys..now 7 and 9...uses the farm often, when he takes his boys up there to ski. One time after he had been there, I found "Coppertoed Boots" by de Angeli in the children's bedroom. He had been reading it to them at bedtime. Isn't it great that some favorites continue though generations?


Yes, I love Marguerite de Angeli too! My favoite is Up the Hill. Which is your favorite?


It's so fun reading about the books you remember from your childhood. I had Swedish friends who introduced me to Pipi Longstocking and the horse named Flicka.

I still remember the day I saw The Giver on the library shelf (it must have just been published). I devoured it--it fed something deep inside me that I didn't know was even there. I didn't know you had written a sequel until last year, when a girl I babysat loaned it to me. Amazing!

As a beginning children's writer, I've often thought about how you wrote your books and tried to learn from you. Thanks for writing such great stories!


I enjoyed reading this post. The photograph of your mother being read to by your grandmother is just beautiful!

Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr, and Flicka Ricka, and Dicka, were in our family library when I was growing up, and I loved them. This year, when I started teaching 2nd grade (after being a 6th grade teacher for 16 years), I brought them to school and read them to my students. They enjoyed them, and the stories sparked some good discussions about helping others.

Melissa McWhinney

I'm reasonably sure that Snipp, Snapp and Snurr are in paperback at the Robbins Library (main library) in Arlington. Or at least they were 10 years ago, when my children were young enough to enjoy them. If those paperbacks haven't lasted, I hope they were replaceable. Anyway, you may want to give the library a call. Or even search on the Minuteman network!

Oswaldo Jimenez

I have an advanced Galley of a book titled "THE SOLITARY VICE, against reading" by Mikita Brottman...She is a practicing psychoanalyst, and professor of language, literature and culture.
She asks "Just why is reading so great? it's a solitary practice and takes away from time that could be spent developing social and interpersonal skills. And if it's so important, why do we feel the need for slogans like "Reading Changes Lives" and "Champions Read?"....

I've been putting off reading it but its subject matter is making me itchy to read it....I'm playing hopscotch with other books I'm reading so adding another might be a challenge.. If I learn something worth reporting...I'll post it right away...


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