Little Gray One by Jan Wahl

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Somewhere in Africa, morning light is breaking on a world of beauty and danger. Come join with Mother Elephant and her Little Gray One for an adventurous day. Poetic read-aloud text and dazzling primitive paintings bring the savannah to radiant life. Full-color illustrations.
 

About Jan Wahl

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Jan Wahl was born April 1, 1933 in Columbus, Ohio, and was raised in northwest Ohio. Much of his childhood was spent on a farm, in a small town. After graduating from high school in 1950, Wahl attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953. Wahl was author of a play called Paradiso! Paradiso! while he was a student at Cornell. The play was produced by the school in 1954. Wahl enrolled in a creative writing class, and after graduating, learned that he had been awarded the honor of being a Fulbright fellow in the area of Folklore and Folk Literature. His new found scholastic status brought him to the University of Copenhagan in Denmark. After completing his graduate studies at the University of Copenhagan, Wahl worked with Danish film director Carl T. Dreyer during the making of Dreyer's prize-winning film Ordet. He worked with Dreyer from 1954 to 1955. In 1957, Wahl returned to Denmark to take a position with the mystery writer Isak Dinesen, who was ill. Dinesen dictated her novel Last Tales and Wahl recorded it for her. After being abruptly fired by the famous Danish author, Wahl returned to America where he attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor to complete his Master's Degree in arts in 1958. In 1955 he was awarded the Avery Hopwood Prize in Fiction for his collected short stories. The next major milestone in his career was the 1964 publication of Pleasant Fieldmouse, by Harper & Row, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Wahl has published more than 100 books for children, and won various awards including the Bologna (Italy) Book Fair Young Critic's Prize in 1969, the Ohioana Book Award in 1970, the Parents Choice Award in 1987, the Redbook Award in 1987, the Christopher Medal in 1987, and the Coretta Scott King recognition in 1992. Several of Jan's books have been set to music, and How the Children Stopped the Wars was turned into an opera and has been performed many times. A few of his stories have been animated and another is expected to be adapted as a feature film. FranE Lessac is an American who has traveled all over the world. She now lives in Fremantle, Australia, but always looks forward to visiting Texas with her family. To bring the Lone Star State to life with gouache paints, FranE did extensive research using a video camera, a still camera, and actual and virtual tours. She is the illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including "Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z" and "New York, New York! The Big Apple from A to Z", both by Laura Krauss Melmed.
 
Published September 1, 1993 by Tambourine. 1 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife.

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places Little Eight John's expressive face in the sharpest focus, ensuring that the reader's attention will remain focused, too,"" said PW.

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Little Eight John, ``a fine-looking boy .

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In undulating prose Wahl paints a picture of ``the place of the water hole,'' where the elephant Little Gray One and his mother live, and where ``quick cheetahs run with beautiful gazelles.'' As the day passes, the mother teaches her offspring a multitude of vital information--how to pick the swe...

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