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Book Title: The ABC Bunny|
The author of the book: Wanda Gág
Edition: Univ Of Minnesota Press
The size of the: 1.57 MB
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Date of issue: July 26th 2004
ISBN 13: 9780816644162
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 5.2
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I think this particular Newbery Honor book falls solidly into the category if-only-there'd-been-the-Caldecott-before-1938. It's a perfectly pleasant book, but I just can't agree that it works with the text alone. Because it has the song printed at the front of my edition, I was able to read the text (plus some tra-la-la's) by itself before I read the text in the context of the pictures, and I must say that the "story" being told is significantly enhanced by the illustrations. I didn't even realize that there was a "plot" as such until I saw the pictures. As a whole, the book is nice enough, but I don't think it would have even the ghost of a chance to win today. There are so many alphabet books. This one barely even stands above the rest of the field, never mind up against longer works. Perhaps I'm missing something in context though. This was 1933 after all, so it's possible that while I see the book as a fairly standard abecedarian, this may have been the breakthrough work that all subsequent such books are based upon.
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Read information about the authorWanda Hazel Gág (March 11, 1893–June 27, 1946) was an American author and illustrator. She was born on March 11, 1893, in New Ulm, Minnesota. Her mother (Elisabeth Biebl) and father (Anton) were of Bohemian descent. Both parents were artists who had met in Germany. They had seven children, who all acquired some level of artistic talent. Wanda grew up the eldest of these, and despite their economic hardships the family was surrounded by music, art, light, and love, making it for the most part a joyous existence.
When Gág was fifteen her father died of tuberculosis. She did not fall to depression, but became more determined than ever to make a good living from being an artist. Surely this is at least partially due to her father's final words to her: "Was der Papa nicht thun kont, muss die Wanda halt fertig machen," meaning, "What papa has left undone, Wanda must complete."
Following her father's death, the Gág family was on welfare, and many people suggested that Wanda get a steady job. However, she remained in school and practiced her artistry while caring for her six younger siblings. She remained in the house until age twenty, wanting to be certain that the family could carry on on its own.
In 1917 she illustrated A Child’s Book of Folk-Lore, following which she worked on many different projects, and became a well-known artist/author. Her art exhibition in the New York Public Library in 1923 was the true beginning of her fame. She gained a reputation as an illustrator for socialist publications such as The New Masses, and she considered herself a feminist and advocate of free love in the 1920s; she did not marry her lover until later in life, for instance, although she lived with him before they were wed.
She was especially esteemed for her lithographs, though today if her name is known at all it is usually from her children's books, specifically the classic Millions of Cats, which won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958. Gág also received the Newbury Honor Award for this book, and the combined effects of it and her exhibition had given her the funds she needed to carry on her work without stress.
She died in New York City on June 27, 1946.
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