Synopses & Reviews
A lively anthology of well-loved stories scattered throughout with slices of history told through reminiscences from the many famous authors and illustrators who have contributed to CRICKET magazine, including David Wiesner, Shirley Hughes, Jane Yolen, Eric Kimmel, and Eve Bunting. CRICKET?s editor-in-chief, Marianne Carus, launched the magazine in 1973 with literary critic Clifton Fadiman as senior editor and Trina Schart Hyman as art director. During the early years of the magazine, the board of directors included such luminary figures in children?s literature as Lloyd Alexander, Newbery and National Book Award Winner; Eleanor Cameron, National Book Award Winner; Sheila Egoff, Professor of children?s literature; Virginia Haviland, head of children?s literature at the Library of Congress; Paul Heins, Editor of the Horn Book Magazine; and Nobel Prize Winner Isaac Bashevis Singer.
The book is illustrated throughout in black white and contains 24 pages of color reproductions of CRICKET cover art.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Let?s Celebrate Cricket Marianne Carus
Letter Isaac Bashevis Singer
Meet Your Author Isaac Bashevis Singer
The Fools of Chelm an the Stupid Carp Isaac Bashevis Singer
Genesis (poem) Lee Bennett Hopkins
Clifton Fadiman and the Beginnings of Cricket Anne Fadiman
The Birth of Cricket Eleanor Cameron
Old Cricket?s Family Album Lloyd Alexander
A Hungry Reader Lloyd Alexander
A Gift from Gertrude Stein Lloyd Alexander
From the files of "Cricket" magazine, founded in 1973, comes the best in American children's stories and poems, along with the memories of such contributing luminaries as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Jane Yolen, and Shirley Hughes. Illustrations.
Marianne Carus was inspired to create Cricket, the finest possible literary magazine for children, in 1973. Her mission attracted the best writing and artistic talent available, and this collection includes such luminaries as Isaac Bashevis Singer, David Wiesner, Lloyd Alexander, Trina Schart Hyman, Jane Yolen, Sid and Paul Fleischman, and Shirley Hughes. The book contains not only the best American childrens stories and poems but also translations of important international childrens literature from 20 foreign countries. Engaging artwork along with tributes and memoirs from many of Crickets contributors add to the fun.