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Worlds of Childhood: The Art and Craft of Writing for Children (The Writer's Craft)

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Six acclaimed authors of books for children discuss their works in this latest volume in the critically praised Writer's Craft series. The authors include Jean Fritz, Maurice Sendak, Jill Krementz, Jack Prelutsky, Rosemary Wells and Katherine Paterson.
Paperback, 213 pages
Published April 6th 1990 by Houghton Mifflin Company
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This is a wonderful collection of talks-turned-essays from an excellent group of writers. They give their unique and compelling perspectives about how and why they write what they do and how they approach writing for children. I enjoyed every essay; they're really very easy reading, but rich in soul. I could hear their voices as I read, especially Maurice Sendak and Katherine Paterson (as I've heard them speak and know their voices and faces). But the others were wonderful, too. I loved getting ...more
Jarm Del Boccio
This is a "must-read" for anyone who considers themselves a children's book writer. Here one finds the source of the author's material for their stories...right within their own lives and experiences. They have shaped the author and his/her writings. It's a privilege to take a peek into their worlds!
Interesting glimpse into the craft of writing for children. Well worth getting a hold of just for the Maurice Sendak chapter.
I only read Jean Fritz, Katherine Paterson and Jean Lee Latham. But their "talks" that were transcribed were helpful.
Sarah H
Lots of great insights into writing for kids--and plenty of helpful resources, good examples, etc.
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William Knowlton Zinsser is an American writer, editor, literary critic, and teacher. He began his career as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune, where he worked as a feature writer, drama editor, film critic, and editorial writer. He has been a longtime contributor to leading magazines.
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