Claire Grasse's Reviews > Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom

Dear Genius by Ursula Nordstrom
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Mar 09, 10

it was amazing
Read in March, 2010

Ursula Nordstrom is wonderful: witty, self-deprecating, kind (mostly). Think of a children's book author or illustrator that you've read, and this former children's editor with Harper & Row probably mentored them: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Maurice Sendak, EB White, Garth Williams, H.A. and Margret Rey, Margaret Wise Brown... If you grew up on these peoples' books (and pity you if you didn't) you'll love this behind-the-scenes peek at how their books were created. Ursula Nordstrom was an open-minded genius who loved bad children and the books written for them as much as she despised narrow-minded, moralistic adults. I found myself wishing we could have lunch together.

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Carre Gardner I am definitely buying this book. You know, if no one sends it to me in a care package full of soap first.

Jennifer It's amazing, Carre. You'll love it!!

Claire, I'm refraining from commenting further until you are all done! :P

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