Saturday, October 24, 2009

Simply Grand, Reading Rendezvous

Alvin Tresselt was our author this week.  Since I enjoy reading author biographies, I will include his here. . . 

Born in Passaic, New Jersey on September 30, 1916, Alvin Tresselt was a pioneer in children's books. With his poetic prose style, he created the "mood" picturebook, which relied not on plot and character but on setting and description. Many of at8his books were popular with teachers who wished to teach about the environment.
From 1946 to 1952, Mr. Tresselt worked in advertising and display graphics. During this time, he began writing children's books. His book, White Snow, Bright Snow, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1948. In 1952, he became editor of Humpty Dumpty magazine. Later, he was executive editor at Parent's Magazine Press, as well as chief editor of their book imprint. In 1974, he became an instructor and then Dean of Faculty at the Institute of Children's Literature in Redding, Connecticut. He married Blossom Budney, another children's book writer, and they had two daughters. His most popular book was The Mitten, which was taken from a Ukrainian story, describing the shivering forest animals who seek shelter in a little boy's lost mitten. Mr. Tresselt passed away in Burlington, Vermont on July 24, 2000.
—Vicki Palmquist

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The following book has been requested by the kids several times and I just finished reading it again last night.  Kids of all ages will enjoy it.


treasureBecause four best friends (a lion, otter, golden retriever, and beaver) have the same birthday, they receive one gift from Wise Old Owl--a treasure map that will help them find the golden keys to the Treasure Tree. Every friend must employ their own abilities, and they learn to appreciate their own personalities and to respect the attributes of others as well. Full-color illustrations.








It’s been a Saturday filled with snow and then sunshine.

Hope you had some sunshine too,



1 comment:

  1. thanks for stopping by my blog. I love Alvin Tresselt as an author too. When my kids were little we did Five a Row for school I believe they use some of his books.