The Heart is Big Enough by Michael J. Rosen

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Collects the stories of five adolescents who overcome the challenges of prejudice, divorce, age, illness, and fear, from a disabled Matt, who discovers his talent for swimming, to Jonathan, who is sent away to boarding school.
 

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The editor of "More Mirth of a Nation: The Best Contemporary Humor, " Michael J. Rosen has been called the unofficial organizer of the National Humor Writer's Union, a pretty good idea for an organization that could offer all kinds of benefits to its struggling members (currently numbering more than 300 who have never been published in "The New Yorker" or aired on NPR). He has been called other things as well, like in third grade, and then in seventh grade especially, by certain older kids known as "hoods," who made his life miserable, specifically during gym class, lunch period and after school. Later, much later, the "Washington Post" called him a "fidosopher" because of his extensive publications on dogs, dog training, and dog-besotted people. The "New York Times" called him an example of creative philanthropy in their special "Giving" section for persuading "writers, artists, photographers and illustrators to contribute their time and talents to books" that benefit Share Our Strength's anti-hunger efforts and animal-welfare causes. As an author of a couple dozen books for children, he's been called...okay, enough with the calling business. For nearly twenty years, he served as literary director at the Thurber House, a cultural center in the restored home of James Thurber. Garrison Keillor, bless his heart, called it (sorry) "the capital of American humor." While there, Rosen helped to create The Thurber Prize for American Humor, a national book award for humor writing, and edited four anthologies of Thurber's previously unpublished and uncollected work, most recently "The Dog Department: James Thurber on Hounds, Scotties" and "Talking Poodles, " happily published by HarperCollins as well. In his capacity as editor for this biennial, Rosen reads manuscripts year round, beseeching and beleaguering the nation's most renowned and well-published authors, and fending off the rants and screeds from folks who've discovered the ease of self-publishing on the web. Last summer, Rosen edited a lovely book, "101 Damnations: The Humorists' Tour of Personal Hells;" while some critics (all right, one rather outspoken friend) considered this a book of complaints, Rosen has argued that humor, like voting and picketing and returning an appliance that "worked" all of four months before requiring a repair that costs twice the purchase price, humor is about the desire for change. It's responding to the way things are compared to the way you'd like things to be. And it's a much more convivial response than pouting or cornering unsuspecting guests at dinner parties.
 
Published April 1, 1997 by Harcourt. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Learning to interact with others as equals is at the center of Frayda's story, ``The Walkers of Hawthorn Park.'' Although her grandmother is a kind-hearted woman willing to spend hours teaching her gardening, she wants Frayda to keep her distance from her strange neighbors, transients who live in...

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Drawing on the reminiscences of many American food notables, such as Emeril Lagasse, Alice Waters, Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller, the book offers a format for each chef to provide a dish and its corresponding memory: Gordon Hamersley brings to the table Slow Roasted Duck, in honor of his own we...

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Inspired by the annual fundraising bake sale of Share Our Strength, a nationwide anti-hunger organization, this volume contains 100 recipes for cookies, brownies, cakes and other sweet treats, contributed by an impressive array of 54 American culinary standouts.

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Nature is used as a connecting line between isolated individuals as Rosen (Elijah's Angel) integrates biological images (sea mammals, fossils, hybrid flowers, stray morning glories) in five upbeat stories featuring sensitive middle-schoolers.

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