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In speeches, essays, and book reviews, the novelist Katherine Paterson discusses why she writes children's books, where her ideas come from, how she develops her characters and realistic plots, and her experiences growing up in China.


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In speeches, essays, and book reviews, the novelist Katherine Paterson discusses why she writes children's books, where her ideas come from, how she develops her characters and realistic plots, and her experiences growing up in China.

30 review for The Spying Heart: More Thoughts on Reading and Writing Books for Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    TurtleneckGirl

    I bought this collection of speeches, essays, and book reviews by novelist Katherine Paterson in 1993. In November 2000 I met Katherine Paterson at the annual Washington Post - Children's Book Guild Luncheon and asked her to inscribe my warped and coffee-stained volume. It sits on my bookshelves today, quite unassuming, among the bindings of newer and perhaps more lofty titles on the art of writing. Nevertheless, this work embodies one of the truest spirits of generosity, intelligence and comrad I bought this collection of speeches, essays, and book reviews by novelist Katherine Paterson in 1993. In November 2000 I met Katherine Paterson at the annual Washington Post - Children's Book Guild Luncheon and asked her to inscribe my warped and coffee-stained volume. It sits on my bookshelves today, quite unassuming, among the bindings of newer and perhaps more lofty titles on the art of writing. Nevertheless, this work embodies one of the truest spirits of generosity, intelligence and comradery I have yet to encounter in the writing community. The essay, "On Being a Good Boss,' is a personal favorite.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This book is a wonderful mix of long speeches and shorter reviews. Though it describes itself as thoughts on reading and writing for children, it also gives theological insight and thoughts on living as people of hope in this world. My favorite essays are "Hope and Happy Endings" and "Do I Dare Disturb the Universe."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Damla Tantekin

    "Our task as teachers, and writers, artists and parents is to nourish the imagination -our own and that of the children entrusted to our care"

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tina Bembry

    I started this before bed last night and could hardly put it down. The observations Katherine makes about telling stories are profound and set my mind on fire. It is particularly interesting to hear her experiences with adult readers and how they take certain of her books so differently from each other, and give her opposing feedback. It's helpful to hear how she tries to keep a distance between judgmental readers and herself, so she is not unduly influenced by them or discouraged by them.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Liaken

    A nice collection. Some of the stories and thoughts were familiar from other collections. I think that for everyone who reads her essay collections, the first one is always the most powerful. For me, it was A Sense of Wonder. Encountering the intimacy of her mind and heart is so immediate and compelling.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    I knew I was going to enjoy this one as soon as Paterson mentioned having tea with Rosemary Sutclif!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

  8. 4 out of 5

    C.J.

    Keen reflections on life, and craft and art of story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debby Zigenis-Lowery

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tevis

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie Rockefeller

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  16. 4 out of 5

    Megan Dowd

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tamer Özyiğit

  19. 5 out of 5

    John Mccracken

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kittiewan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad

  22. 4 out of 5

    Terri Mcguire

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eric James

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maryka

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Thompson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary Alice

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeannette

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Fitzgerald

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