July 17, 1992 |
Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you . . . . But if you read the original versions of those tales, you might not want them to. After all, in the Brothers Grimm version of Cinderella, the stepsisters sliced off their heels and toes in their efforts to make that slipper fit. In the Grimm's version of Snow White, the huntsman was dispatched by the wicked queen not to bring back Snow White's heart--which was grisly enough--but to get her lungs and liver.
November 26, 1997 |
Waldo, that geeky guy with the red-and-white-striped sweater, is more elusive than ever before, hiding among crazy clowns or wild toys in the crowded pages of his newest picture book. But 10 years after Waldo first challenged children to find him, his creator, Martin Handford, has become a little more visible. Handford still carefully guards his privacy and doesn't want to be photographed.
September 9, 2002 |
Every morning when Letty Sustrin wakes up in the condo she shares with her identical 63-year-old twin, Sheila, she selects what the sisters will wear that day. "Letty's the early bird, there's no doubt about it," Sheila said. When Sheila awakes, she dons the exact outfit Letty's wearing. And we mean exact. Besides the same denim dress, she'll match down to the pearl ring on the identical finger, the thick black plastic eyeglasses, the blue eye shadow.
October 11, 1993 |
From their first "Rock-a-bye baby," children learn two important facts of life: 1) The bough will break, and 2) the baby will fall. Maurice Sendak is 65, but he still knows what children know--that life is risky business, that there is trouble in the world, and sorrow, fear and violence--especially violence.
December 25, 2008 |
After he's finished his homework and his chores for the day, 8-year-old Skye Vaughn-Perling likes to read Dr. Seuss. He's a particular fan of the hijinks that ensue when the elephant Horton hears strange voices emanating from a dust speck in "Horton Hears a Who." He doesn't read from a dog-eared copy of the children's classic, though. Skye, who lives in Agoura Hills, often reads on his computer, pressing the arrow button when he wants to turn a page.
March 29, 1999 |
When Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni came to the United States from India 23 years ago, she brought with her the books she read as a child, old Bengali folk tales filled with gods and demons, and fantastic fairy-tale adventures. She's still reading those books, but this time aloud--translating from Bengali as she goes--to her sons, Anand, 7, and Abhay, 4, as well as other kids from her Houston neighborhood who stop by to listen. "They love stories, my children--genetically, I guess!"