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I picked this book up because Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky is one of my favorite places. Yolen describes the origin and beliefs of the group that built this community. When I visit, I feel the joy Yolen places at the heart of Shaker life. Shakers valued hard work and simple living; I certainly believe in the first, and I'm trying to live more simply each day. The Shaker movement was founded by an illiterate English working woman, Mother Ann Lee, who brought some followers to Ameri ...more
Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...moreMore about Jane Yolen...