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Thoughts, pictures, and words / by Karla Kuskin ; photographs by Nicholas Kuskin.

By: Kuskin, Karla.
Contributor(s): Kuskin, Nicholas.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Meet the author (Katonah, N.Y.): Publisher: Katonah, NY : R.C. Owen Publishers, c1995Description: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 1878450417; 9781878450418.Subject(s): Kuskin, Karla -- Juvenile literature | Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Authorship -- Juvenile literatureAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Thoughts, pictures, and words.DDC classification: 818/.5409 | B Summary: Children's author Karla Kuskin describes her life, her daily activities, and her creative process, showing how all are interwoven.
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Children's author Karla Kuskin describes her life, her daily activities, and her creative process, showing how all are interwoven.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3‘Composed in short, simple sentences, these sketchy autobiographies focus almost entirely on what each author might say in response to children's questions. Because Kuskin's descriptions of how she writes are interspersed with selections from her poetry, Thoughts might prove to be a more lively read-aloud experience than Mysterious World; and Kuskin's whimsical illustrations provide additional interest. Some of the information is available in other sources, such as Major Authors & Illustrators for Children & Young Adults (Gale, 1992) or the sound filmstrip, First Choice: Poets & Poetry: Karla Kuskin (Pied Piper, 1979). Mahy's story is unique because of setting (rural New Zealand), and because of the high quality of the accompanying photographs showing the author at work and play. There are some unnecessary details included, however; the fact that she gets dressed, makes her bed, and has breakfast doesn't heighten readers' perception of her writing process. Nonetheless, Mahy does come across as quite approachable, and this title could serve as an introduction to her works. In both volumes, the prose is serviceable but flat, depriving readers of the variety and elegance of language that they have come to associate with these writers' fiction and poetry. The presentations are enhanced by excellent-quality, recent full-color photographs, as well as by reproductions of older pictures from family albums. Useful additions where author studies are an important part of the curriculum.‘Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Karla Kuskin was born in Manhattan on July 17, 1932. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Yale University in 1955. Her first book, Roar and More (1956), was the result of her senior graphic-arts project, for which she had to design and print a book on a small press. She was the author or illustrator of more than 50 children's books during her lifetime including In the Middle of the Trees (1958); The Rose on My Cake (1964); The Philharmonic Gets Dressed (1982); The Dallas Titans Get Ready for Bed (1986); Jerusalem, Shining Still (1987); City Dog (1994); The Upstairs Cat (1997); Moon, Have You Met My Mother? (2003); and Traces (2008). She died of cortical basal ganglionic degeneration on August 20, 2009 at the age of 77. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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