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ERIC Number: EJ809308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1521-7779
The Story behind "Quest for the Tree Kangaroo"
Young, Terrell A.; Ward, Barbara A.
Journal of Children's Literature, v33 n2 p61-68 Fall 2007
The National Council of Teachers of English awarded the coveted nonfiction prize to "Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea." Written by Sy Montgomery, with photographs by Nic Bishop, the book was further honored as a Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor recipient by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Kate O'Sullivan, the pair's Houghton Mifflin editor, notes that, "Sy's writing--filled with humor, grace, and unforgettable description and insight--is perfectly matched by Nic's stunning photos, and it's through this precise balance of words and images that kids easily learn about geography, natural science, conservation, and anthropology." This article focuses on the collaboration of author (Sy Montgomery), photographer (Nic Bishop), editor (Kate O'Sullivan), and book designer (Lisa Diercks) that culminated in the publication of "Quest for the Tree Kangaroo." It presents an interview with these four individuals to garner the inside story of an Orbis Pictus Medal winner and the team effort that resulted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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