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Barbara Cooney

She had a twin brother."Towards the end of her life, she listed three books as being close to her heart - Miss Rumphius, Island Boy, and Hattie and the Wild Waves - all written by Cooney and described by her as being as close as she ever will come to an autobiography" (p.3)."A good portion of original artwork by Cooney is being held at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine in their archives" (p.4).

Barbara Cooney was born in New York City on August 6, 1917. As a child, she really enjoyed spending the summer at her grandmother's house in Maine. In 1938, Barbara graduated from Smith College with a degere in art history, which she later regreted. She decided to make her living illustrating books. Her first book, King of Wrecked Island, was published in 1941. In 1942, during WWII, she joined the Women’s Army Corps and temporarily postponing her new career. She got married 1944, but they divorced in 1947. They had two children. In 1949, she married again and had two more children. She was a fanatic about details and accuracy, so she traveled frequently to do research. After winning her second Caldecott Award, her son built her dream house in Maine where she lived until her death. Basket Moon, published in 1999, was her last book. At the age of 83, Barbara Cooney died on March 14, 2000 in Maine. "Although she never considered herself a great artist, she never seriously considered doing any other type of work. She chose illustration over fine art because of her love for a good story. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and photography" (p.2)

Barbara Cooney

* Cooney wrote or illustrated 110 books in her lifetime * She won the Caldecott Medal twice for children’s book illustration.1959 - The Chanticleer and the Fox1980 - Ox-Cart Man* In 1982, Miss Rumphius received the National Book Award for children’s picture books, American Book Award, and a New york Times Citation



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Works CitedBarbara Cooney. (2016) Retreived on February 01, 2016 from: http://www. of Encyclopedia Britanica. (2016). Barbara Cooney:American Author. Retreived on February 01, 2016 from: Barbara-Cooney.Barbara Cooney. (2016) Retreived on February 01, 2016 from: http://www.

King of Wrecked IslandThe Chanticleer and the FoxOx-Cart ManMiss RumphiusIsland BoyHattie and the Wild WavesEleanorEmilyLetting Swift River GoRoxaboxenBasket MoonThe Story of Holly and Ivy

1917- 2000


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