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Margaret started her writing career by helping to shape the curriculum for the Bank Street School for Children, making it her mission to create stories that would rise above traditional fairy tales and allowed girls to see themselves as equal to boys. At the same time, she also experimented endlessly with her own writing. Margaret would spend days researching subjects, picking daisies, cloud gazing, and observing nature, all in an effort to precisely capture a child's sense of awe and wonder as they discovered the world.
Clever, quirky, and incredibly talented, Margaret embraced life with passion, lived extravagantly off of her royalties, went on rabbit hunts, and carried on long and troubled love affairs with both men and women. But before she could marry Margaret died unexpectedly at the age of 42, leaving behind a cache of unpublished work and a timeless collection of books that would go on to become classics in children's literature.
Author Amy Gary captures the eccentric and exceptional life of Margaret Wise Brown, and drawing on newly discovered personal letters and diaries, reveals an intimate portrait of a creative genius whose unrivaled talent breathed new life into the literary world.
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By Marianna on 04-18-18
A terrible waste of time.
What disappointed you about In the Great Green Room?
There really is nothing here of interest. There is no insight, no examination of the character, just the bland narration pulled from diary material recorded over time by an extremely self-center woman, who by an accident of fate produced a few much beloved children's books for preschoolers.
What could Amy Gary have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Examined the character of her subject.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator's delivery was flat as flat as the bio.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I'm afraid not.
Any additional comments?
Biographies can be inspired...just as one example think of the brilliant Judith Thurman bio... ''Isak Dinesen, The Life of a Storyteller''.
By EmElDee4 on 09-25-17
insightful life story of beloved children's author
the author provides authenticity to this biography. Every parent who owned and read, re-read "Runaway Bunny"and "Good Night Moon will appreciate the life events which inspired these and hundreds of creative works by Margaret Wise Brown. she lived a full life and produced volumes of joy for readers over the years. thank you.