Nancy Van Laan





Nancy Van Laan


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November 18, 1939

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Nancy Van Laan was born in Baton Rouge, La. Her father was a colonel in the US Air Force, and the family moved frequently as Van Laan was growing up. She began making up stories to pass the time on long car trips. Although Van Laan had a learning disability, she loved to read. She began drawing and writing poetry as a child and enjoyed illustrating her own stories. Van Laan also loved ballet and began taking lessons at the age of nine. By age seventeen, she had her own ballet company in Birmingham that performed on a weekly program broadcast on Alabama Educational TV (now Alabama Public Television). Van Laan’s dancing career ended after an injury she sustained as a student at Sullins College in Bristol, Va. After completing her AA degree at ...more

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When Winter Comes

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Forget Me Not

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Rainbow Crow

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So Say The Little Monkeys

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A Tree for Me

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Tickle Tum!

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The Magic Bean Tree: A Lege...

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Scrubba Dub

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Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend

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