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Book Title: Little by Little: A Writer's Education|
The author of the book: Jean Little
Date of issue: March 1st 1991
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 4.2
ISBN 13: 9780140323252
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This is only the first part of Little's life story: from her youth in Taiwan up to the acceptance of her first book for publication.
(Side note: Mine for Keeps was her debut novel. /passes out)
Jean Little, as always, demonstrates a fairly peppery insight into children and what they want to read:
If I had included all the background material of which I was then ignorant, this might have turned into a full scale, factual autobiography. I could not let that happen. The child I was would never have forgiven me. Overall, I found this to be less well written than her fiction, but the most striking thing about Little by Little is how much it reminds me of other works.
All the adults in my family enjoyed reading aloud, although no two of them did it exactly alike. When Mother got caught up in a story, she skipped boring bits and read faster and faster. Grandma read every word, drawing out the exciting parts, dropping her voice to a thrilling whisper or bellowing with rage. My father, on the other hand, read straight ahead, without skipping or high drama, but showing his enjoyment of the words themselves by the delight in his voice.How could I read that and not think of Natalie Nelson - "like all writers, first she was a reader" - and her parents' different styles of reading to her?
And then there's the poem with "Thursday's child has far to go", which immediately brings Noel Streatfeild's Margaret to mind, and the way Little reads The Secret Garden - this book, and clearly Little herself, is immersed in other books, and grows out of other books - cares about children and knows children - and that underlies every word Jean Little has written.
One last thing:
Remembering how I had never found a cross-eyed heroine in a book, I decided to search for books about children with motor handicaps. I did not for one moment intend to limit my students to reading about crippled kids. I knew that they completely identified with Anne Shirley and Homer Price, that they actually became Bambi, Piglet, and Wilbur. I did not think they needed a book to help them adjust. I did believe, however, that crippled children had a right to find themselves represented in fiction.I like how Little threads the needle here.
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Read information about the authorJean Little is a Canadian author, born in Taiwan. Her work has mainly consisted of children's literature, but she has also written two autobiographies: Little by Little and Stars Come Out Within. Little has been partially blind since birth as a result of scars on her cornea and is frequently accompanied by a guide dog.
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