Monday, May 7, 2012

Mem Fox Month

To give us a little direction for writing posts Whitney and I take turns choosing an author to feature each month.  She chose Eric Carle last month, I wanted to go in a completely different direction this time.  For May we'll be featuring Mem Fox.  If you aren't familiar with her name you're sure to recognize at least a book or two she's written.  Mem has been a fixture in Children's literature for years.  Not only has she written 36+ books, she's also a HUGE advocate for children's literacy (among other things).  One of the reasons I wanted to feature her is because each of her books is so unique.  Almost every book she has written is illustrated by a different artist, and her writing style varies from piece to piece... sometimes her stories are simple and rhythmic while other times she writes with deep emotion (many times they are both).  She doesn't write about the same characters repeatedly.  I guess what I'm trying to say is that she's a HUGE talent, an incredible author, and an inspiration; not to mention she comes across as a wonderful down to earth person. 

Here are excerpts from nine of her books... I want you to see what I mean about the great variety in her work.

Time for Bed by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Jane Dyer (1993)

A Bedtime Story by Mem Fox, illustrated by Elivia Savadier (originally written in 1987 re-illustrated 1996)

Hattie And The Fox by Mem Fox, illustrated by Patricia Mullins (1986)

The Magic Hat by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Tricia Tusa (2002)

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox, illustrated by Leslie Staub (1998)

Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek (2004)

Hunwick's Egg by Mem Fox, illustrated by Pamela Lofts (2005)

Hello Baby! by Mem Fox, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (2009)

Possum Magic by Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas (1983)

Those are just a few.  On her website there is a question and answer section, one of the questions asks why she uses so many different illustrators, here's her reply... "Artists can pick and choose the books they want to illustrate. If they don’t like my stories I have to grin and bear it and find another one—there isn’t much I can do about it."  I can't imagine an illustrator not wanting to work on one of her books!!!  At the same time I LOVE that each one has such a unique feel.

Her site is wonderful.

Please go read her Ten read-aloud commandments (I particularly need to remember #9).

There's also lots of great advice for aspiring writers, I learned much in her 20 do's and 20 don'ts.

In conclusion... Welcome to Mem Fox month at PP & PB, do you have a favorite Mem book? 

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