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Dear Genius by Ursula Nordstrom
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Jan 09, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: creme-de-la-creme, memoirs-and-bios
Read in March, 2008

I cannot express how wonderful this book is. ESPECIALLY if you're into children's literature. My co-workers are going to go gaga over it; I can't wait to pass it on. Ursula Nordstrom (what a name!) was the head editor for children's books at Harper's for more than 30 years. She ushered so many classics into the world: Where the Wild Things Are, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Charlotte's Web, Harriet the Spy, Goodnight Moon, the Little House books, and so many more.

This book is a collection of her professional letters. She was incredibly involved with her authors and illustrators, and made so many suggestions that you can see shaped the books in their perfect final forms. Plus, she's funny and unsentimental and awesome.

Here, Salon talks about it:

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