Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Banned and Challenged Classics

My Favorite banned book is number 16. It was not supposed to be read when my English teacher had them in the room in 1985. Thank you for sharing this book "Mr. English Teacher."

Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms.  See Frequently Challenged Books for more details.

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger 
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck 
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker 
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce 
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison 
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding 
9. 1984, by George Orwell 

11. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov 
12. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck 

15. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller 
16. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley 
17. Animal Farm, by George Orwell 
18. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway 
19. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner 
20. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway 

23. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston 
24. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison 
25. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison 
26. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell 
27. Native Son, by Richard Wright 
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey 
29. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut 
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway 

33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London 

36. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin 

38. All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren 

40. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien 

45. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair 

48. Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence 
49. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess 
50. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin 

53. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote 

55. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie 

57. Sophie's Choice, by William Styron 

64. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence 

66. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut 
67. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles 

73. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs 
74. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh 
75. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence 

80. The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer 

84. Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller 

88. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser 

97. Rabbit, Run, by John Updike


Friday, June 10, 2011

"Whistle for Willie" Author: Ezra Jack Keats

I has decided to feature some the street images in this book.
About This Book

If Peter could only learn to whistle, than his dog, Willie would hear him and come running. But nothing Peter does seems to help. He tries spinning around and around but it only makes him dizzy. He draws a long line with colored chalk; he walks along a crack in the sidewalk. He even wears his father's hat and tries running away from his own shadow! It's not until Peter least expects it that his wish comes true — and he blows a whistle that brings Willie running.

Caldecott award-winner Ezra Jack Keats tells his delightful tale in simple, easy-to-follow writing, and with his bold, colorful illustrations — of yellow-and-pink bricked buildings, barbershop poles, and girls skipping rope — he captures perfectly a summer's day in the city as seen through the eyes of a child.

Praise for Whistle for Willie

"Mr. Keats's illustrations boldy, colorfully capture the child, his city world, and the shimmering heat of a summer's day." —The New York Times

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

"Peter's Chair" Author: Ezra Jack Keats

Peter is well aware that there is a new baby in the house. His mother shushes him when he makes his tower of blocks fall. And he's also well aware that the new baby's a girl. For everything that used to be Peter's has been painted pink! His old cradle is pink, his old crib is pink, and he discovers his father is in the middle of covering his old blue high chair in pink paint.

Finally, he discovers his old chair that has not yet been touched: "They didn't paint that yet," Peter shouts. Swiftly, he carries it to his room and makes plans with his dog, Willie, to run away with the chair. Once outside, he tries his old chair for the first time in a long time. He's too big! With a new attitude, Peter returns to his house for lunch and sits with his family in a grown-up chair. But will Peter's old chair be painted pink?

Like Keats' Caldecott Award-winning The Snowy Day, Peter's Chair features a young African-American boy who suddenly finds his world transformed. Keats gives us another understated story of how a child quietly comes to accept change. And in his signature, modernist style, Keats also provides the bright cut-paper collage illustrations.

I love the backgrounds in these pages.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Head for Happy by Helen Sewell, 1931

Helen Sewell, original illustrator of Little House on the Prairie, did not win the Caldecott Award for A Head for Happy. The best book of any given year usually doesn't. Also the Caldecott wasn't created until 1937. Still it wouldn't have won anyway.

A Head for Happy tells the tale of a girl named Letty and her quest to find a head for her doll, Happy. She travels the world on a surreal, picaresque journey from New York to, with a few detours, the island of Guam, where a cocoanut makes for the perfect head. This book was published in 1931. Presumably cocoanuts in New York were scarce due to the Great Depression. Here are some sample pages. . .

from a post by Lane Smith and Bob Shea

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Dr. Seuss Was Born an Artist by Helen P. Geisel, 1948