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[Nonfiction Wednesday] Launch of April – June Theme and The Story Of A Writer

"A Boy A Mouse And A Spider: The Story Of E. B. White" by Barbara Herkert and Lauren Castillo.


Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2020 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.

We are very pleased to launch our quarterly reading theme from April – June 2020: The World In Books! During this period, we will be largely featuring books that deal with the following themes:

  1. Stories about reading and writing
  2. Love of books and words
  3. Stories and storytellers
  4. Readers and writers
  5. Narratives that promote literacy and reading

Hence, I am super excited to feature the picturebook biography of E. B. White, world-renowned for his Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web.

A Boy A Mouse And A Spider: The Story Of E. B. White (Amazon | Book Depository)

Written by Barbara Herkert Illustrated by Lauren Castillo
Published by Henry Holt & Company (2017)
ISBN: 1627792457 (ISBN13: 9781627792455)
Borrowed from Singapore NLB Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

Full confession: I have yet to read E. B. White’s stories. But I am familiar with his Strunk and White (essential reading for academics and young students who are writing term papers or their thesis), and I have seen the film adaptations of both Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web and shed unbidden tears while watching both movies.

This story explores young Elwyn’s childhood – his sickly nature which made him gravitate towards animals – creatures that are more vulnerable than himself. His love of the outdoors and the written word was featured prominently in the narrative, along with his steadfast and gentle nature.

I was also very curious how E. B. White eventually decided to move from the bustling-city-that-never-sleeps cosmopolitan New York to a sedate little town to raise his family and his farm animals.

It is clear that being in a space where he could “hear the wind” contributed greatly to his creativity, provided the inspiration that allowed his voice to come through in the pages, along with his love for stillness and spiders and the sunrise. Parents and educators will also be happy to note that there is an extensive backmatter that provides even more information about E. B. White along with a list of References for interested readers to find.

All the stories so far that I have read of E. B. White’s life, including Melissa Sweet’s Some Writer (Amazon | Book Depository) …

.. show me that he was quite a remarkable man whose groundedness and introspective nature is something that the world needs more of right about now. I need to read his books stat!

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] Launch of April – June Theme and The Story Of A Writer

  1. lindabaie

    I have both the books, Myra & love them. Your new theme is going to be interesting! Hope you & the family are doing well.

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