Born August 3rd

Posted by Sherry on 8/3/2017 in --August, Adult Fiction, Birthdays, General, Historical fiction, Mysteries |

Two of my favorite novelists have birthdays today: Baroness Phyllis Dorothy James (b. 1920, d.2014) and Leon Marcus Uris (b. 1924, d. 2003). Although I like her detective novels very much, my favorite P. D. James novel as of now is Children of Men, a dystopian novel about a world where no children are born. […]


Holling C. Holling, b. 1900

Posted by Sherry on 8/2/2017 in --August, Birthdays, Early Chapter Books, Education and Homeschool |

August 2nd is the birthdate of author Holling Clancy Holling, who wrote several books that are wildly popular among homeschooling moms and their children: Paddle-to-the-Sea. A native American boy carves a small canoe and sends it off on a journey from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean. It takes four years, an many mishaps and […]


Saturday Review of Books: August 23, 2014

Posted by Sherry on 8/22/2014 in --August, Birthdays, Reader's Advisory, Saturday Reviews |

“‘Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times?’ Mo had said when, on Meggie’s last birthday, they were looking at all her dear old books again. ‘As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells . . . and then, […]


Saturday Review of Books: August 13, 2011

Posted by Sherry on 8/12/2011 in --August, Birthdays, Saturday Reviews |

“Once a man commits himself to murder, he will soon find himself stealing. The next step will be alcoholism, disrespect for the Sabbath and from there on it will lead to rude behaviour. As soon as you set the first steps on the path to destruction you will never know where you will end. Lots […]


Poetry Friday: John Betjeman

Posted by Sherry on 8/28/2009 in --August, Birthdays, General, Poets and poetry |

John Betjeman, Poet Laureate of England from 1972 to his death in 1984, was born on this date in 1906. He was a poet born out of his time, in a way; his poetry sounds more like that of Thomas Hardy or even one of his favorite poets, William Cowper, than it does the poets […]


Semicolon Author Celebration: Tasha Tudor

Posted by Sherry on 8/28/2008 in --August, Birthdays, General |

I’ve written about author Tasha Tudor here at Semicolon before. I even invited her and Madeleine L’Engle to tea, before the deaths of both authors made that impossible. Her books, and particularly her illustrations, are old friends here in our home. So, I was trying to explain to myself what it is exactly that is […]


Reminder: Celebrating Tasha Tudor

Posted by Sherry on 8/27/2008 in --August, Birthdays, General |

Tomorrow is the late Tasha Tudor’s birth anniversary date. We’ll be celebrating here at Semicolon by linking to your posts relating to Ms. Tudor and her work.


Semicolon Author Celebration: Betsy Byars

Posted by Sherry on 8/7/2008 in --August, Birthdays, General |

Betsy Byars was born August 7, 1938 in Charlotte, North Carolina. That would make her seventy years old today. According to her website and according to Wikipedia, she now lives in Seneca, South Carolina with her husband Ed Byars. Both Ms. Byars and her husband are licensed pilots, and they live on an airstrip and […]


To This Great Stage of Fools: Born August 28th

Posted by Sherry on 8/28/2007 in --August, Birthdays, General |

I wrote about these picture book authors a couple of years ago, all of whom deserve your attention and that of your children: Roger Antoine Duvoisin, b. 1904. Phyllis Krasilovsky, b. 1926. Allen Say, b. 1937. Tasha Tudor, b. 1915 Also on this date, Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828. Tasha Tudor and Family website. […]


To This Great Stage of Fools: Born August 27th

Posted by Sherry on 8/27/2007 in --August, Birthdays |

Ann Rinaldi, b. 1934. Ms. Rinaldi may be my two teenage daughters’ favorite historical novelist. You can find many titles by Ann Rinaldi, mostly based on American historical figures, in these two lists: Historical Fiction for Young Ladies, Part 1. Historical Fiction for Young Ladies, Part 2. Also born on this date: Lyndon Baines Johnson, […]

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