Nancy Willard


Born
in Ann Arbor, Michigan, The United States
June 26, 1936

Died
March 08, 2017

Genre

Influences
William Blake


NANCY WILLARD was an award-winning children's author, poet, and essayist who received the Newbery Medal in 1982 for A Visit to William Blake's Inn. She wrote dozens of volumes of children's fiction and poetry, including The Flying Bed, Sweep Dreams, and Cinderella's Dress. She also authored two novels for adults, Things Invisible to See and Sister Water, and twelve books of poetry, including Swimming Lessons: New and Selected Poems. She lived with her husband, photographer Eric Lindbloom, and taught at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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A Visit to William Blake's ...

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Beauty and the Beast

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Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus...

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4.17 avg rating — 399 ratings — published 1991 — 2 editions
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The High Rise Glorious Skit...

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Things Invisible to See

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice

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Cinderella's Dress

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The Nightgown of the Sullen...

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Sister Water

3.95 avg rating — 92 ratings — published 1993 — 5 editions
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Simple Pictures Are Best

3.85 avg rating — 87 ratings — published 1976 — 6 editions
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“Sometimes questions are more important than answers.”
Nancy Willard

“Keep your whiskers crisp and clean.
Do not let the mice grow lean.
Do not let yourself grow fat
Like a common kitchen cat.

Have you set the kittens free?
Do they sometimes ask for me?
Is our catnip growing tall?
Did you patch the garden wall?

Clouds are gentle walls that hide
Gardens on the other side.
Tell the tabby cats I take
All my meals with William Blake,

Lunch at noon tea at four,
Served in splendor on the shore
At the tinkling of a bell.
Tell them I am sleeping well.

Tell them I have come so far,
Brought by Blake's celestial cat,
Buffeted by wind and rain,
I may not get home again.

Take this message to my friends.
Say the King of Catnip sends
To the cat who winds his clocks
A thousand sunsets in a box,

To the cat who brings the ice
The shadows of a dozen mice
(serve them with assorted dips
and eat them like potato chips),

And to the cat who guards his door
A net for catching stars, and more
(if patience he abide):
Catnip from the other side.”
Nancy Willard

“Answers are closed rooms; and questions are open doors that invite us in.”
Nancy Willard, Telling Time: Angels, Ancestors, And Stories