Abran Paso a los Patitos

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Penguin Ediciones/Viking, 1996 - Juvenile Fiction - 76 pages
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A mallard family on the move interrupts virtually everyone in town, inciting patient and not-so-patient waits at duck crossings, in a classic Caldecott Medal-winning storybook that is filled with pen-and-ink illustrations.

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About the author (1996)

Robert McCloskey was born in Hamilton, Ohio on September 15, 1914. In 1932, he won a scholarship to the Vesper George Art School in Boston. Two years later he got his first important commission - the execution of bas-reliefs for the municipal building in his hometown. The following autumn he moved to New York and entered the National Academy of Design. There he exhibited his work and was given the President's Award. His work was shown at the Tiffany Foundation and at the Society of Independent Artists in Boston. He painted for two summers on Cape Cod, during which time, he sold only a few water colors. Giving that up, he went to call on an editor of children's books in New York. After some work he disliked in the commercial art field, he went back to Ohio. He began to draw and paint the things around him in everyday life. The result was Lentil, the story of a boy and his harmonica in a typical Midwestern town. He returned to New York, where The Viking Press acquired the book. He then got a job in Boston, assisting Francis Scott Bradford in making an enormous mural of famous people of Beacon Hill. It was there that he got the idea for Make Way For Ducklings. Make Way For Ducklings was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1942. During World War II he was a sergeant in the Army. Stationed in Alabama, he was assigned to draw training pictures. After the war the McCloskeys spent a year in Italy, then returned to an island home in Maine. Blueberries for Sal, One Morning In Maine, Time Of Wonder, and Burt Dow grew directly out of their life there. Time of Wonder was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1958, making McCloskey the first artist to receive this honor twice. In 1974 he was awarded the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association for continued distinguished contribution to children's literature. He died on June 30, 2003

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