Frieda Wishinsky: Read, and then reread
In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian surprises here at Canada Writes.
The author of Please, Louise! shares some of the classics she turns to for inspiration.
When I'm stuck on plotting, pacing, rhythm or rhyme, I read my favorite books for inspiration. I read and analyze them to see how they handled those key ingredients that make a book a joy to read and reread. And I never fail to smile or laugh out loud again!
Just to name five of my favourite picture books that inspire, instruct and enlighten me:
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman
George and Martha by James Marshall
Ira Says Goodbye by Bernard Weber
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Frieda Wishinsky is the international award-winning author of over sixty trade and educational books. She writes in a variety of genres: picture books, novels and non-fiction. Her books have been translated into many languages and her picture book, Please, Louise! (Groundwood) won the 2008 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Frieda’s newest books are Explorers Who Made It... or died trying, (Scholastic Canada), Halifax Explodes! (book #17 in the Canadian Flyer adventures) and What's Up Bear? (Owlkids Books). Visit her website: www.friedawishinsky.com