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Pass It Down

Five Picture Book Families Make Their Mark

Leonard S. Marcus


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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (12/26/2006)


Our families help shape who we are-what we look like, what we like to eat, even what our strengths and abilities are. So when a parent is a renowned children's book author or illustrator, creative ability may be part of an amazing legacy.

Leonard S. Marcus introduces readers to five best-selling and award-winning families with talent that spans the generations. By opening up these family albums-sharing personal memories, scrapbooks, book dummies, model shots, and final art, Marcus chronicles the way books come into being, the way artists are nurtured and grown, and the way where we come from influences who and what we become.

Includes in depth interviews and extensive histories of five famous multi-generational families of children's book creators:
Jerry Pinkney and his son Brian Pinkney

Anne and Harlow Rockwell and their daughter Lizzy

Donald Crews and Ann Jonas, and their daughter Nina Crews

Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers

Edith and Clement Hurd and their son Thacher Hurd

Praise For Pass It Down: Five Picture Book Families Make Their Mark

“*Starred Review* Written in an engaging style with clarity and immediacy, this doubles as an accessible primer on the art of penning and visualizing picture books. Filled with intriguing tidbits, this is an outstanding work about the connections between parents and children, editors and artists and readers and writers.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[T]he writing level is perfectly in keeping with elementary-school children, and the style is chatty and anecdotal.” —Horn Book, Jan/Feb issue

Walker Childrens, 9780802796004, 56pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2007

About the Author

Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world’s leading writers about children’s books and the people who create them. His own award-winning books include Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing; Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices; Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; Minders of Make Believe; and The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.