J. R. R. Tolkien by Alexandra Wallner

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien's novels were strongly influenced by his childhood both in South Africa, where lions prowled and wild beasts roamed, and in the English countryside, where he imagined that elves and gnomes dwelled. J. R. R. Tolkien wrote many stories, studied languages--even inventing one of his own--and founght bravely in World War I. He wrote The Hobbit, a children's book about a courageous creature with pointed ears and furry feet, which was an instant success. His next book, The Lord of the Rings,made Tolkien, an ordinary man with an extraordinary imagination, one of the world's most beloved authors. Includes a time line and bibliography.

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Alexandra Wallner has written and illustrated children's picture-book biographies of famous writers, artists, and historical figures, focusing on their childhoods. Her books have received such honors as Teacher's Choice, Outstanding Book in the Field of Science, the Philadelphia Children's Reading Round Table Book of the Month, and the Pennsylvania Library Association Carolyn W. Field Honor Award. She lives in Mexico.
Published September 1, 2011 by Holiday House. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Aimed at children who know The Hobbit but aren’t quite up to tackling it on their own, the narrative takes “Ronald” from birth in South Africa through transplantation to England, experiences in World War I and postwar life up to the publication of Lord of the Rings.

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