Diane Stanley


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in Abilene, Texas, The United States
December 27, 1943

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Diane Stanley is an American children's author and illustrator, a former medical illustrator, and a former art director for the publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons. Born in 1943 in Abilene, Texas, she was educated at Trinity University (in San Antonio, TX) and at Johns Hopkins University. She is perhaps best known for her many picture-book biographies, some of which were co-authored by her husband, Peter Vennema. (source: Wikipedia)

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“And I’ll wager you thought him the handsomest thing that ever you saw in your life.”

“I did. And if you stuck him, and stuffed him, and hung him on the wall, I’d be very glad to admire him. But in life he’s an arrogant pig, and I didn’t care for him at all. ‘Mind who you look at, wench.’ Foo!”
Diane Stanley, The Silver Bowl

“Mom and Dad decided to drive out into the country
to get some apple cider at Whipple’s Orchard.
They asked if we wanted to come along.
We said we’d rather stay home with Grandma.
Then, as soon as they pulled out of the driveway,
we begged Grandma to take us somewhere.

“My turn! My turn! I want to visit her!”
“Why, Liz, what a great choice! That’s Remember Allerton. She was your grandpa’s great-great-great-great-well, I forget exactly how many greats it was--aunt. She was one of the Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower.
“Remember? What a weird name!”
“That’s nothing! I know a dog named Sparkplug.”

When you travel back in time, you have to put on the kind of clothes that people wore back then. If you don’t, they’ll think you’re really strange.

“I have to wear three layers? I’ll bake!”
“Trust me, Lenny. You’ll be happy to have them. No central heating, you know.”
“Hey, I thought Pilgrims always wore black suits and big hats with buckles on them.”
“Nope. They dressed like ordinary working people of their time--and they liked to wear colors, same as anybody else. Of course, on Sundays they put on their best suits and fancy collars.”
Diane Stanley, Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation

“As soon as we were dressed, Grandma put on her magic hat and we all held hands and closed our eyes.
She told us to take a deep breath--then, all of a sudden, everything felt different. There was a cool breeze and the air smelled woodsy.

“Plymouth Plantation, here we come!”
“Where we get to meet our forefathers!”
“And our foremothers.”
“And our foredogs.”

“So we’re in Massachusetts, right?”
“Northern Virginia, actually.”
“Virginia? You’re kidding!”
“No, dear. See this big area--from modern North Carolina all the way up to Maine? Well, back in 1621, the English called all of it Virginia. But the northern part of Virginia they called New England.”
Diane Stanley, Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation

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