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Fun Facts Friday: Animal Farm

  1) In “Animal Farm” Orwell criticized the Russian Government and communism. 2) Old Major is paralleled to Karl Marx and the farmer is paralleled to the Czar. 3) Napoleon, rising to power thru force, is paralleled to Joseph Stalin. 4) Snowball, an animal with good ideas, good intentions who was forced out and blamed […]

Fun Facts Friday: E.B. White

White did not underestimate his young audience, in fact he told the Paris review that “You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth.”

Fun Facts Friday: Charlemae Hill Rollins

Among her many awards and honors, Mrs. Rollins was the first African-American to receive an honorary life membership in the ALA (1972). The children’s room at the Hall Branch Library was named in Rollins’ honor. The Charlemae Hill Rollins Colloquium is held twice a year at North Carolina Central University, where attendees discuss how to improve library services for children.

Fun Facts Friday: William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats (13 June, 1865- 28 January, 1939) was an Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer. He is considered one of the greatest English-language poets of the 20th century.

Fun Facts Friday: Alexander Pushkin

Pushkin’s great-grandfather, Abram Petrovich Gannibal, was born in Northern Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in the 1690s. Abram was kidnapped from Ethiopia when he was eight years old by a “Frenchman collecting animals and other curiosities for Louis XIV” of France. Shipped to Istanbul, he was placed in the Sultan’s seraglio where the Russian ambassador found him and sent him back to Russia as a present to Peter the Great.
Peter was so taken by Abram that he baptized the child and became his godfather.

Fun Facts Friday: Alfred Austin

Alfred Austin (30 May, 1835 – 2 June, 1913) was the Poet Laureate of England in 1896. Mr. Austin was a barrister by profession, but left the law to be a poet. While being a Forreign Affairs Correspondent with the English Standard he was granted an audience with German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. According to […]

Fun Facts Friday: Elizabeth Palmer Peabody

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (16 May, 1804 – 3 January, 1894) was an author and an education pioneer, especially for kids six and younger. Mrs. Peabody served as the translator for the first English version of a Buddhist scripture (1844). She was able to read and converse in 10 languages. As a writer, Mrs. Peabody was […]

Fun Facts Friday: Charles Moulton

6. The original name for Wonder Woman was Suprema.

Fun Facts Friday: Ichiyō Higuchi

3. Her father was a law-rank samurai (a rank which he bought and lost), a municipal worker and lost the family’s money on a failed business

Fun Facts Friday: Walter de la Mare

7. The author believed that “Children are, in short, visionaries.”

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