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Author Phyllis McGinley was born on March 21, 1905, in Ontario, Oregon. In 1908, the family relocated to Colorado; they moved to Ogden, Utah, after the death of McGinley’s father. McGinley was educated at the University of Southern California and at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. After receiving her diploma in 1927, she taught for a year in Ogden and then at a junior high school in New Rochelle, New York. Once she had begun to establish a reputation for herself as a writer, McGinley gave up teaching and moved to New York City, where she held various jobs, including copywriter at an advertising agency and poetry editor for Town and Country. She married Charles Hayden in 1937, and the couple moved to Larchmont, New York. The suburban landscape and culture of her new home was to provide the subject matter of much of McGinley’s work.

McGinley was elected to the National Academy of Arts and Letters in 1955. She was the first writer to win the Pulitzer for her light verse collection, Times Three: Selected Verse from Three Decades with Seventy New Poems (1960). McGinley’s other books of poetry include Confessions of a Reluctant Optimist (Hallmark Editons, 1973); Love Letters (1954); Stones from a Glass House (1946); A Pocketful of Wry (1940); One More Manhattan (1937); and On the Contrary (1934). In addition to poetry, McGinley wrote essays and children’s books, as well as the lyrics for the 1948 musical revue Small Wonder. She died February 22, 1978, in New York City.

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Illustrator John Manders was educated at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and later took courses at the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where he studied children’s illustration, animation, and life drawing. His interests include puppetry (he studied that at Syracuse University College) and trying to speak Italian.

John’s work is featured in over 30 children’s books and gazillions of children’s magazines. He’s a member of the Society of Illustrators, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators. John was also their first president. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Two Lions; Reprint edition (January 21, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 42 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1477847502
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1477847503
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 - 8 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ AD810L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Kindergarten - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
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