Reviews for Caldecott Celebration : Seven Artists and Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
Marcus presents a gathering of essays on seven of the Caldecott honorees, one from each decade: Robert McCloskey, Marcia Brown, Maurice Sendak, William Steig, Chris Van Allsburg, David Wiesner, and, in this updated edition, Mordicai Gerstein. The text is remarkable for the smooth integration of explanatory material with overall commentary, and selective detail creates a sense of intimacy and understanding. Timeline. Glos., ind.",,"The Arts Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2008 April/May
In 1998 Leonard Marcus wrote A Caldecott Celebration: Six Artists Share Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal (Walker and Company) to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Caldecott award. In it he profiled six winners, one from each decade. This updated version, celebrating the 70th anniversary, adds a seventh winner, a new preface, and an introduction that provides some historical background on the award. In addition to Robert McCloskey, Marcia Brown, Maurice Sendak, William Steig, Chris Van Allsburg, and David Wiesner from the first edition, Marcus has also profiled Mordicai Gerstein and included some background information on The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Roaring Brook Press, 2003). While another lovely volume, this would not be a necessary purchase for anyone owning the original edition; but with its interviews, and photographs, it would be a valuable purchase for those who do not own the 1998 version. Recommended. Susan Raben, Learning Resource Center Director, Lyon Elementary School, Glenview, Illinois © 2008 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 April

Gr 4 Up-- Marcus has updated his 1998 introduction to six medalists to include a six-page chapter featuring Mordecai Gerstein's creation of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Millbrook, 2003). Written as the author/illustrator's response to the 2001 destruction by terrorists of New York's World Trade Center buildings, Gerstein's book is a well-chosen representative of the winners of the past 10 years. Other changes in this new edition include a two-page preface, an extended "Index of Proper Nouns," and an updated list of Caldecott Medal winners (through 2007). Illustrations include preliminary drawings and photos of authors, book covers, and related items and places. The value of this volume is that Marcus makes these exceptional author/illustrators, and the processes by which they created their award-winning picture books, accessible to children and to adults who value children's literature. His insights--derived from interviewing each of the artists--allow readers to become sideline participants in the creative processes that resulted in the characters and stories that we have come to love. Teachers, librarians, and parents will find a source of inspiration here.--Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

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