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Read for Your Life #7

Read for Your Life #7

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Read for Your Life #7

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15 нояб. 2010 г.
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9780547501802
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is publishing a monthly series of e-only essays to correspond with Katherine Paterson’s two-year term as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The subjects of the essays include: writing and literature for young people, the wonder and imagination found within great books, common questions novice writers ask, and Katherine’s own personal experiences throughout her historic career.
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Katherine Paterson is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a "Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.


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Read for Your Life #7 - Katherine Paterson

Read for Your Life

Katherine Paterson

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Contents

In Search of Wonder

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Speeches & Writings of

KATHERINE PATERSON

National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Clarion Books • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • Boston New York

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In Search of Wonder

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE NEW ENGLAND

SUMMER INSTITUTE LECTURE

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In Search of Wonder

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE NEW ENGLAND SUMMER INSTITUTE LECTURE

SILVER BAY, NEW YORK

July 2000

Last Saturday morning, our three-year-old grandson was lying on his stomach on our deck, waiting for a chipmunk to appear. I was nervous, knowing that three-year-old patience is limited and that chipmunks, unlike grandmothers, do not live to please. But his patience was rewarded. A chipmunk came scurrying out from under a rock and scampered across the yard into the woods. Did you see it? I cried. Wow, Garter said, beaming. And added, because he is a literate three-year-old, 'Wow.' Just about all he could say was 'Wow.'

For those of you not as literate as my grandson, the quotation is from Lily's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. I have been thinking of Garter and Lily and Mr. Slinger all day as I've listened to all the presentations. What a day! 'Wow.' Just about all she could say was 'Wow.' During Tony Watkins's lecture this morning, I was reminded of a quotation from Leon Garfield that seems particularly important for what we are thinking about this week. Edward Blishen, Garfield says, "has a good phrase for books that are right for children. What they have in common, he says, is a young eye at their center. No matter how beautifully observed an incident may be, if it is solely an adult's view of young behavior, it passes inches over a child's head and heart. Gulliver's Travels may be read by the young, while 1984 is not suitable. Both are satires; both are fantasies; yet Swift has a sense of wonder (a property of Mr. Blishen's 'young eye'), and Orwell has not. Swift has anger (again a property of youth), while Orwell has only bitterness.

"Is it, then, that the young reader

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