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Vacation Bible School 1
When my
mother felt I was old enough, she let me walk to Vacation Bible School, which
was held at the end of May and the beginning of June. I can still recall a
sunny, carefree morning with a hint of the increasingly hot daytime
temperatures to come in a fe...

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Illustrations I Loved in My Earliest Years 6 (Last Installment in This Series)
When I was
in junior high school, my mother bought books at an auction of teacher Flora
Farden’s estate. Among them was Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers , translated by William Robson. D. Appleton and
Company published the book in 1899. Combining two v...

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Illustrations I Loved in My Earliest Years 5
For Christmas in 1960, the neighbor
across the street, Beulah Jones, gave me a book titled Corky Learns a Lesson . Illustrated by Zden ěk Miler, the story of Corky was a little too young for a boy already
in grade school, but I loved the book all the same a...

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Illustrations I Loved in My Earliest Years 4
Sensing
that I might become an illustrator one day, I paid close attention to Copper-Toed Boots by Marguerite de
Angeli, published in 1938 by Doubleday Doran & Company. Born in Lapeer,
Michigan, in 1889, de Angeli lived to be 98. She was named a Caldecott H...

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Illustrations I Loved in My Earliest Years 3
When I was
very small, my mother read to me from Thornton W. Burgess’ Old Mother West Wind , which had a publication date of 1910 by
Grosset & Dunlap. I will not pretend that I understood all the details at
such an early age, but I delighted in George Kerr’...

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Illustrations I Loved in My Earliest Years 2
A book that
my mother often read to me was The Story
About Ping , written by Marjorie Flack and illustrated by Kurt Wiese. I
understand that Flack’s work, published in 1933, is among the top hundred
children’s books of all time. As a very small child, I was...

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Illustrations I Loved in My Earliest Years 1
My mother was enamored with books by
Wanda G á g
(1893–1946), whose Millions of Cats is
still in print. When first published in 1928, it won the Newbery Honor Award.
Another of her books also received the Newbery, and two others won the
Caldecott Honor Awar...

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Experiencing Nature in Warren County, Indiana 6 (Last Installment in This Series)
It’s odd
how the memory works. When I was in high school, I parked my 1953 Packard along
Old 55 and took a short walk down a narrow stream that fed Big Pine Creek
nearby. It was noon on a summer’s day. The red-winged blackbirds were trilling.
The general bu...

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Experiencing Nature in Warren County, Indiana 5
Where I
grew up (Pine Village, Indiana), the black loam of the flat farmland stretched to the horizon’s cobalt
line encircling the viewer. The dome of the sky cupped the life below. Few
trees interrupted the view of clouds, of sunrises, of sunsets. Toward t...
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