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|Angels and Wild Things: The Archetypal Poetics of Maurice
Sendak. University Park: Penn State Press, 1995. Named Honor
Book of the Year, Children's Literature Association; Finalist for
the Gradiva Award (in the category of works related to childhood),
given annually by the National Association for the Advancement of
Psychoanalysis, April 1997. |
Editor, American Writers for Children, l900-l960, Volume
22 of The Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit:
Gale Research, l983. Series developer for the DLB's volumes on American
Charles Olson and Edward Dahlberg: A Portrait of a Friendship.
Vancouver, B.C.: The English Literary Studies Monograph Series,
An Afternoon at Colonus: A Recollection of Edward Dahlberg.
New York: The Pequod Press, l978. In limited and trade editions.
Charles Olson in Connecticut: Last Lectures. With
Oliver Ford and Peter Rittner. Iowa City: The Windhover Press, l974.
Limited edition. Rpt. as Charles Olson inMansfield: Last Lectures.
Boston: Northeastern University Press, l977.
My Grandmother's Journey, with illustrations by Sharon
McGinley-Nally. Bradbury Press/Macmillan: 1991. Named an Outstanding
Book in the Field of Social Studies by the Children's Book Council
and the National Council of Social Studies.
"Grand mother's bedtime tale begins as she takes off her sensible
shoes and muses, 'Feet, where haven't you been? What haven't we
been through together?' She tells her granddaughter the story of
her life, a story that overflows with adventure, tragedy, courage,
and joy... Turning these pages is like opening a series of gifts."
-- Publisher's Weekly
|| First Snow, Magic Snow, with illustrations
by Sharon McGinley-Nally. Four Winds Press / Macmillan: 1992. Named
an Outstanding Book in the Field of Social Studies by the Children's
Book Council and the National Council of Social Studies.
"A sprightly adaptation of the Russian story of the snow maiden,
this picture book glows with love of winter and children. When a
childless woodsman shapes a mound of the first snow into the form
of a child, she comes to life, and he carries her home to his wife
bundled in his coat...John Cech's text is a rare blend of sweetness
and vigor." -- Hungry Mind Review
Jacques-Henri Lartigue: Boy With A Camera. Four Winds
Press/ Simon and Schuster, 1994.
"Jacques-Henri Lartigue was given his first camera in 1902
for his seventh birthday, and he went on to take hundreds and hundreds
of pictures during his childhood. Lartigue had the gift of knowing
exactly when to click the shutter of his camera to capture people
and things in motion -- a ball in the air, an uncle diving into
the water, a glider clearing the edge of a dune and becoming...
These remarkable photographs reveal Jacques-Henri Lartigue's playful
exploration of the world around him and, as selected and presented
by John Cech, offers young readers and introduction to this major
Starred review in Booklist for Grades 3-5
Django, with illustrations by Sharon McGinley-Nally.
Four Winds Press / Simon and Schuster, 1994.
From the moment he first cradles his grandfather's old violin in
his hands, Django feels magic soaring through his fingers. And way
back in the woods, for miles around, animals gather to listen to
Django's music. Raccoons tap their tails, possums slap their paws,
bears rustle in the brush, and birds flock together. When Django
plays the fiddle, he always has company.
Accompanied by rich, breathtaking paintings, here is an original
tale from the cypress swamps of northern Florida that will leave
hands clapping, hearts singing, and spirits dancing.
The Southernmost Cat, with illustrations by Kathy
Osborne. Simon and Schuster, 1996. Winner of the Parent's Choice
Silver Storybook Award.
"A cat, you can imagine, certainly sees plenty of excitement
in nine lives, and the Southernmost Cat is no exception. He's battled
bulls, sharks, rhinoceroses, and hurricanes, and now, he is ready
for some quiet fishing.
"So the Southernmost Cat sails out to sea, drifting in his
boat, waiting for a nibble... until... CARUMBA!
"It's a stupendous bite -- a huge and hungry fish who is all
to game for a mighty tug-of-war! After his first eight lives, the
Southernmost Cat's best adventure still lies ahead."
The Secret River, an adaptation for the stage
of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings story, first produced in conjunction
with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of M.
K. Rawlings at the annual Rawlings Society conference, 1996.
From Inside a Swan's Egg, a play based on the life of Hans
Christian Andersen. Toured throughout Florida and the Southeast
by The Learning Stage and Caldwell Theatre in the Schools programs
(1982-85); selected for performance at the World Festival of Theatre
Young Audiences held at the World's Fair in New Orleans, 1984.
A Rush of Dreamers, being the Remarkable Story of Norton
I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.
In San Francisco, a city famous for its eccentrics, the most celebrated
of all was Joshua Norton who, in 1859, declared himself Emperor
of the United States. One of the original '49ers, Norton made and
lost a fortune (and a good portion of his reason) during those rough
and ready first years of the "instant" city that grew
out of the sand dunes of Yerba Buena. Until his death in 1880, the
Emperor presided over the public life of San Francisco. Dressed
in his fabled uniform with its plumed hat, Norton made his daily
rounds of the city; he attended its civic functions, inspceted its
progress, and issued proclamations, including one that called for
the construction of a bridge between Oakland and San Francisco.
Norton I became one of San Francisco's most publicized attractions;
and he reamins a presence that still lingers around the Bay, where
hotel suites and inns, a sightseeing boat, and even brands of coffee
and cigars have been named in his honor.
John Cech's novel recreates those dizzying days of the Gold Rush
and its aftermath, when dreams of sudden riches could quickly become
nightmares, and survival depended on the kindness of strangers and
the persistence of the imagination. This book does, finally, what
Mark Twain urged someone to do for his friend the Emperor over a
century ago -- "write him up." Along the way, Cech tells
the story not only of Emperor Norton but also of that Whitman-like
catalogue of dreamers -- merchants and mechanics, bandits and blacksmiths,
clerks and clairvoyants, artists and inventors -- who found themselves
rushing for the promise of California.
(From the dustjacket)