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Sue Alexander (1933–2008)

Auteur van Nadia the Willful

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Over de Auteur

Author Sue Alexander was born on August 20, 1933. She attended Drake University and Northwestern University, but did not graduate. She sold her first book, Small Plays for You and a Friend, in 1973. During her lifetime, she wrote about 25 children's books and numerous magazine and newspaper stories toon meer for young readers. Many of her books, like Nadia the Willful, Sara's City, and Lila on the Landing, were based on her own childhood experiences. In 1968, she became a founding member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, which is an international organization that supports active and aspiring authors and artists. In 1980, she received the Dorothy C. McKenzie Award from the Children's Literature Council of Southern California for distinguised contributions to the field of children's literature. She died on July 3, 2008 at the age of 74. (Bowker Author Biography) toon minder


Werken van Sue Alexander

Nadia the Willful (1983) 145 exemplaren
Behold The Trees (2001) 115 exemplaren
Who Goes Out on Halloween? (1990) 111 exemplaren
Small Plays for Special Days (1977) 50 exemplaren
World Famous Muriel (1984) 41 exemplaren
There's More. Much More (1987) 27 exemplaren
Sara's City (1995) 21 exemplaren
Small Plays for You and a Friend (1973) 16 exemplaren
Lila on the landing (1987) 15 exemplaren
Marc the Magnificent (1978) 12 exemplaren

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You Be the Bread and I'll Be the Cheese: Showing How We Care (1992) — Medewerker — 44 exemplaren


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Witch, Goblin and Ghost—three friends whose adventures were chronicled in four earlier story collections—return in this fifth and final anthology of tales for beginning readers. Goblin learns that friends do not always have to like the same things in The Winter Day, while in The Painting he discovers the virtue of patience, and that good things come to those who wait. Goblin's Fudge explores the importance of moderation, when Goblins decides he will have his favorite treat for breakfast, lunch and dinner; while The Meadow Day sees Ghost introducing Goblin to the benefits of calm, quiet days outside. Finally, in Goblin's Raft Trip, Goblin begins to worry that his friends might forget him, if he is away too long, only to discover that Witch and Ghost have done no such thing...

As someone with a great interest in witchy picture-books and early readers, I initially sought out these Witch, Goblin and Ghost titles for their witchy content, only to discover that Goblin was the true star of the series. That being said, I have not found the reading experience a disappointment, enjoying what witchy content there is, and also appreciating these tales of three friends and their everyday adventures for their own sake. Witch, Goblin, and Ghost Are Back was no exception, and I found Sue Alexander's stories engaging and ultimately heartwarming, and Jeanette Winter's black and white illustrations charming. I like the variety of real-life experiences depicted here—the small but emotionally relevant events of a child's life, from erroneously thinking that friends must all be the same, to learning the importance of both patience and moderation. Recommended to readers who have enjoyed previous books about these three winsome characters, as well as to those seeking early readers that depicts the ins and outs of friendship.
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AbigailAdams26 | Apr 16, 2023 |
The eponymous three friends—Witch, Goblin and Ghost—are back in this fourth collection of stories for beginning readers from author Sue Alexander and illustrator Jeanette Winter, this time engaging in all sorts of fun activities. In Ghost's Rebus, Ghost creates and shares a rebus-style story—a story written partially with symbols and pictures—that he wrote about Goblin, while in Goblin's Mystery Bag, Goblin and Witch play a game in which they must guess the contents of a paper bag while blindfolded. In A Play, the three friends produce and put on a play based on the fairy-tale of Rumpelstiltskin, while in Goblin's Magic Trick, Goblin puts on a show of sorcery for Ghost and Witch. Finally, in Witch's Secret Code, Goblin finds a mysterious message, and requires Witch's help to decode it...

Like its predecessors—Witch, Goblin, and Sometimes Ghost, More Witch, Goblin, and Ghost Stories and Witch, Goblin, and Ghost in the Haunted WoodsWitch, Goblin, and Ghost's Book of Things To Do pairs Alexander's engaging stories of these three friends and their fun together with understated but expressive black and white artwork from Winter. This fourth volume in the series doesn't just present a collection of appealing stories, however, but gives instructions for the young reader/listener, on how to do each of the five activities highlighted in the stories. So it is that instructions (with illustrations) on how to conduct the magic trick displayed by Goblin in Goblin's Magic Trick, or a decoder key for the code used in Witch's Secret Code, are included in the stories themselves. I liked this approach, as it makes the book both a beginning reader, which can be appreciated for the stories alone, as well as an activity book, completes with ideas and instructions. Recommended to readers who have enjoyed previous books about these three winsome characters, as well as to those looking for some fun games ideas for younger children.
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AbigailAdams26 | Apr 9, 2023 |
Witch, Goblin and Ghost—three friends living in the Haunted Woods—return in this third collection of short stories intended for early readers from author/illustrator team Sue Alexander and Jeanette Winter. In Goblin's Treasure, the eponymous Goblin starts digging up his own yard, convinced by a map with an X on it that there must be buried treasure. The Lake sees Goblin finding excuse after excuse to avoid joining his friends Witch and Ghost in a swimming outing, until it emerges that he is frightened, because he doesn't know how to swim. In The Game, Goblin and Witch play a game of hide-and-seek, while in Ghost's Story, Goblin is entertained by a spooky tale from his friend, one stormy night. Finally, in The Snowstorm, Goblin dreams that he is lost in the woods, only to be found and then lost again by his friends. When he wakes, he finds that all is well...

I enjoyed both Witch, Goblin, and Sometimes Ghost and More Witch, Goblin, and Ghost Stories, so I picked up Witch, Goblin, and Ghost in the Haunted Woods with a pleasant feeling of expectation. I was not disappointed, finding these gentle stories of friendship quite appealing, and the black and white illustrated charming. I initially sought out the books in this series because of my interest in witchy picture-books and early readers, only to discover that Goblin was the true star, rather than Witch. That being said, I have found that these books are well worth tracking down for their own sake. There isn't anything dramatic or sensational in Sue Alexander's tales, but something about her quiet depiction of these three good friends is very winsome, even reminding me at times of Arnold Lobel's famous Frog and Toad books. Of course, these are not quite the classics that Lobel's I Can Read Books are, but I do think they deserve an audience, and am sorry they are out of print. Jeanette Winter's artwork here is understated but expressive, and I particularly enjoyed the scene (naturally) in which Witch is flying on her broomstick through the snow—a very nice visual treat! All in all, this was a worthy successor to the two earlier collections featuring these characters, and despite the undeniably vintage feeling to it, should still have some appeal for beginning readers today, especially those who enjoy stories about friendship and/or (very non-spooky) supernatural beings.
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AbigailAdams26 | Apr 8, 2023 |
Witch, Goblin and Ghost—three friends living in the Haunted Woods—return in this second collection of stories for beginning readers from author Sue Alexander and illustrator Jeanette Winter. In The Picnic, the three friends discover that even the rain can't ruin their fun, relocating to Witch's house, while in Goblin's Note, a feigned illness demonstrates that the friends do indeed care about one another. Goblin's Dragon addresses issues of bravery and exaggeration, while Goblin's World deals with seeing and appreciating the beauty around us. In Ghost's Fish we learn that one can't succeed at fishing through stories alone, while Goodnight, Goblin reveals that stories can be used to lull others to sleep...

Having enjoyed Witch, Goblin, and Sometimes Ghost: Six Read-Alone Stories—the first story collection about these characters from Alexander and Winter—I picked up More Witch, Goblin, and Ghost Stories with some anticipation, and I was not disappointed. The stories themselves are gentle but perceptive, simple but well-written. The pen and ink artwork is lovely, subtly capturing both the rotund charm of the characters, and their changing emotional states. Although I initially sought out these books because of their witchy content—witchy picture-books and early readers being a pet project of mine—having now read two of them, I think it safe to say that Goblin is the main character. That said, there was some witchy appeal here, and I did like that Witch is such a master fudge maker! Now that is a skill worth having. Recommended to beginning readers who enjoy stories about friendship, or featuring magical characters.
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AbigailAdams26 | Jul 4, 2022 |


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