A Bookworm who Hatched

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R.C. Owen Publishers, Jan 1, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 32 pages
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Noted children's author and storyteller Verna Aardema recounts her life and describes how her daily activities and writing process are interwoven.

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User Review  - lmalak1 - LibraryThing

I didn’t particularly enjoy this picture book. I thought that the author could’ve appealed to me more with cartoons rather than just pictures. The book contained too many pictures of the author, and ... Read full review

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"I am a reteller of folktales" begins this autobiography by children's book author Verna Aardema, written for the early-reader, chapter-book set. A brief 32-page book, illustrated with photographs and ... Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Verna Aardema was born on June 6, 1911 in New Era Michigan. She received her B.A. degree from Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences in 1934. She was a grade school teacher from 1934 to 1973 and staff correspondent for the Muskegon Chronicle from 1951 to 1972. Aardema started writing children's stories in the 1950's, and in 1960 she published her first books, Tales from the Story Hat and The Sky God Stories. She specializes in the modernization and adaptation of traditional African folktales. In the 1970s, Aardema joined illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon and produced three picture books. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears received the Caldecott Medal in 1976 and the Brooklyn Art Books for Children Award in 1977. Who's in Rabbit's House? was the 1977 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award winner in 1978. Aardema received the Children's Reading Round Table Award in 1981, and several of her books have been selected as Notable Books by the American Library Association. Oh Kojo! How Could You! won the 1984 Parents' Choice Award for Literature. Verna Aardema died in 2000.

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