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Biography for Beginners:
All Authors

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June 1 and June 15, 2006

This volume from Favorable Impressions, formerly an imprint of Omnigraphics but now an independent publisher, provides updated entries for 28 of the American authors included in the Biography for Beginners series from 1995 to 1997. The cover and entries retain the look and format of the original. The author list includes perennial favorites such as Aliki, Jan and Stan Berenstain, Judy Blume, Eric Carle, Matt Christopher, Ezra Jack Keats, Patricia Polacco, Dr. Seuss, and Rosemary Wells. Entries supply biographical information such as birth date, childhood highlights, education and early jobs; why the person became an author; how the author finds ideas; a highlighted quotation from the author; and personal information about the author's home and family. A selected list of the author's work, a contact address, and Web site address complete the entry. Color is used for many of the author portraits and for reproducing illustrations from their books; this enhances appreciation for many of the artwork details lost in black-and-white reproduction.

A name index is followed by Caldecott Medal and Honor Book and Newbery Medal and Honor indexes. The name index, however, is just a table of contents and the awards indexes only list those authors found in the book.

Written in an engaging style, the profiles are also accessible to younger readers as read-aloud material. This volume is an easy way to update the original series and provide reference information for students.--Esther Sinofsky

 

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