The Wise Woman and Her Secret

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Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
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Renowned for her wisdom, an old woman is sought out by people who come from far and wide, eager to discover the secret source of her insights. "You will have to discover it for yourself", she tells them, and so their search begins. But one little girl, who likes to wander and wonder, lag and linger, has already found the secret that eludes her elders". A text with profound implication".--"School Library Journal". Full color.

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C.H This is a picture book of a young girl who learns from a wise woman the capacity of wandering and wondering. The text is useful for the introduction of a social studies unit to build classroom community. The “the secret of wisdom is to continue to wander and wonder” easily becomes a class motto to build an inquiry stance and attitude toward investigating life.  

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Eve Merriam (July 19, 1916 - April 11, 1992) was an American poet and writer. Her first book was entitled, Family Circle. She was born as Eva Moskovitz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating with an A.B. from the Cornell University in 1937, Merriam moved to New York to pursue graduate studies at Columbia University. Her book, The Inner City Mother Goose, was described as one of the most banned books of the time. It inspired a 1971 Broadway musical called Inner City and a 1982 musical production called Street Dreams. Merriam won an Obie Award from the Village Voice in 1976 for her play, The Club. In 1981 she won the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Merriam died on April 11, 1992, in Manhattan, NY from liver cancer.

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