This post is part of Nonfiction Monday
hosted today by Tales from the Rushmore Kid
and Paintings: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancherr
C haracter: Jim Henson
O verview from the jacket flap:"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."
T antalizing taste:
"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 ..."
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!