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Happy Birthday, M.K. Rawlings

August 8

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953).  the celebrated American author of The Yearling, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939. (edelweiss)

Although The Yearling is the most common of Rawlings work among home education curriculum sites, according to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society, Rawlings lead an interesting life in which she developed into her writing.

“It is so easy for me to live their life with them, that I am in some danger of losing all sophistication and perspective. I feel hurried sometimes, as though I must get `written out’ in this country within the next few years, because so much is no longer strange or unusual to me” (45). In this statement she is showing the strong empathy she developed for her Cracker friends which she would eventually convey to her fictional characters. Her vision would culminate in The Yearling, which powerfully evokes the scrub life she lived with the Fiddias and other scrub friends, including Cal Long and Barney Dillard, who taught her how to hunt and fish, identify plants and animals, and survive in the wild. In the 1930s and early 1940s, Rawlings would make use of this material and write her famous Cross Creek-area works Golden Apples (1935) and Cross Creek (1942) and her big scrub novels, South Moon Under (1933) and The Yearling (1938), the last of which won her the 1939 Pulitzer Prize and fans worldwide.  ~ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society

The Yearling

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Recommended Reading Level:  RA: 3-A R: 6-A

Parent/Teacher: Advisory/Discussion Level

Recommended Curriculum/Literature Guides:

  • Veritas Press: Sixth Grade Literature
  • Ambleside Online: Year Pre-7
  • Total Language Plus: Study Guide Grades 8, 9, 10

Personal Notes:  I am intrigued by Rawlings history in Florida, and the writings that came from it.  Unfortunately, not many of these are considered Juvenile Fiction or Young Adult Fiction.  I recommend reading Cross Creek or The Sojourner to review their suitability.  There are a variety of Short Stories, Poetry and Letters if you would like to learn more about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

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"It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends, and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason. " - Jules Verne, The Mysterious Island

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Happy Birthday, Betsy Byars

August 7

Betsy Byars (1928-? )  Well loved children’s author who wrote many family themed books. “Making up stories and characters is so interesting that I’m never bored. Each book has been a different writing experience. It takes me about a year to write a book, but I spend another year thinking about it, polishing it, and making improvements. I always put something of myself into my books — something that happened to me. Once a wanderer came by my house and showed me how to brush my teeth with a cherry twig; that went in The House of Wings.” copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved. (edelweiss.com)

Betsy Byars is a Newbery Medal winner and a National Book Award winner. Her books have appeared on the best books lists of the American Library Association, School Library Journal, and American Bookseller, among others. (amazon.com)

Multiple Biographies – LibraryPoint   Autobiography

Many of Betsy Byars’ titles have been in print for some time.  I recommend searching through her Author page on your favorite book/ebook site.  See below for just a handful of Byars’ books, great for the whole family.  RA: K-A  R: 3-6

Tornado is included within the Sonlight Grade 3 Readers list, and Heart of Dakota’s Emerging Reader Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory and Bigger Hearts for His Glory.

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Happy Birthday, Barbara Cooney!

August 6

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Barbara Cooney (1917-2000) was a renowned children’s book author and illustrator who published more than 100 books. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she lived much of her life in Maine and focused often on the culture and landscape of that state, and her artistic style portrayed a rural New England full of peaceful tranquility. A two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, she was the recipient of countless other honors and distinctions, and was declared a “Living Treasure of the State of Maine” in 1996. She once said, “Of all the books I have done, Miss Rumphius, Island Boy, and Hattie and the Wild Waves are the closest to my heart. These three are as near as I will ever come to an autobiography.” (edelweiss.com)

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Notes: Cooney’s illustrations became an integral part of telling the story in classic children’s picture books.  Folktales and fables, and few original works by Barbara Cooney create an extensive read-aloud, reading library for any family.  RA: K-A  R: K-A

  • Miss Rumphius (written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney) AmblesideOnline Aux
  • Island Boy (written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney) AmblesideOnline Aux
  • Eleanor (written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney)
  • Roxaboxen (illustrated by Barbara Cooney) Five In a Row: Volume 4 Literature
  • Chaucer’s Chanticleer and the Fox (illustrated by Barbara Cooney) AmblesideOnline Yr 2; Veritas Press: Easy History Readers 4th grade
  • Ox-Cart Man (illustrated by Barbara Cooney) AmblesideOnline Yr 0

 

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