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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Remembering John Schoenherr

On April 8, illustrator John Schoenherr, passed away. If you're at all familiar with children's books, then you'll recognize Schoenherr as the winner of the Caldecott Award for best illustrated children's book, in 1988, for Owl Moon by Jane Yolen [JP YOL].

His obituary in the New York Times revealed another side of Schoenherr that I was completely unaware of--he was an accomplished illustrator of science fiction!

I recommend Schoenherr's Bear, which he both wrote and illustrated [JP SCH]. (Teachers might want to use Schoenherr's Bear and compare his story of a young bear to the treatment of the same topic, a bear separated from its mother, by Robert McCloskey in Blueberries for Sal [JP MCC].)

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