Jim Henson

The Guy Who Played with Puppets

This post is part of Nonfiction Monday 

Random House 
(pub. 8.23.2011)  40 pages

A True Tale with A Cherry On Top
A uthor: Kathleen Krull

      and Paintings: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancherr

C haracter: Jim Henson
O verview from the jacket flap: 

        "What do you want to be when you grow up? A teacher? A poet? The president? Well, Jim Henson wanted to play with puppets.  If you want to make the world a better place, making people happy is a great way to start ..."
T antalizing taste:
       "Jim hesitated. The show had a weird name - Sesame Street. Joan [the TV producer] explained that just as the command 'Open Sesame' in the old Arabian tale opened a door to treasure, she wanted her show to open doors in young minds.  Jim wasn't sure he wanted to limit his Muppets to children. But years of watching his own children convinced him... Maybe TV could be a good influence." 

and something more:
Kathleen Krull was awarded the 2011 Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award, and I liked what the site said about her writing and biographies: "What draws her to writing biographies?  As a self-confessed 'nosy' person, Krull enjoys researching the details that spice a life and offer insight into personality and accomplishments.  But biographies also 'fill a great need,' she says.  'We read them to find out who we are.'  By discovering how we resemble and differ from others, be they ordinary or extraordinary, says Krull, we learn 'something about our own identity, our goals, our possibilities in life.'  She considers it a privilege to help young readers in this search."  I couldn't agree more!


Jeff Barger said...

Jim Henson is always an interesting topic for my students and I am a fan of Kathleen Krull as well. Thanks for sharing!

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

I am fascinated with picture book rendering of famous and interesting lives - and this book definitely fits that category. I am a huge Sesame Street fan myself and lovelove puppets. I hope we do have a copy of this in our library. Thank you for sharing.