Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"Ten Red Apples," by Pat Hutchins

"Ten Red Apples," by Pat Hutchins
      "Ten Red Apples," by Pat Hutchins is a delightful little counting book. Every time one of the farmers animal friends visits the apple orchard, there are fewer apples to eat! Young students will love the playful little illustrations that Hutchins uses to illustrate the basic concept of subtraction. She also uses classic onomatopoeia that little folks are always entertained by.
      Pat Hutchins (born 18 June 1942) is an English illustrator and writer of children's books. She won the 1974 Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association, recognizing the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject. The work was The Wind Blew, a picture book in rhyme which she also wrote. It shows how "a crowd of people anxiously chase their belongings" in the wind.
      Hutchins is married to illustrator Laurence Hutchins, with two children. She has written books for early readers that he has illustrated.She was born 18 June 1942 in Yorkshire, the sixth of seven children.She won a scholarship to Darlington School of Art in 1958 and continued studying illustration at Leeds College of Art in 1960, graduating 1962. She worked for advertising agency in London to 1966 when she married Laurence Hutchins and moved to New York City for two years. There she worked on writing and illustrating her first picture book, Rosie's Walk, published in 1968 by The Bodley Head and Macmillan US. In the U.S. it was a runner up for the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and the librarians named it a 1968 ALA Notable Book. It remains her work most widely catalogued by WorldCat participating libraries. Pat Hutchins has written novels for early readers, some illustrated by husband Laurence, and more than two dozen picture books. Beside winning the 1974 Greenaway Medal, she was a commended runner up for One-Eyed Jack (1979), another book she wrote and illustrated.She also played the role of an artistic narrowboat owner in the British children's television series, Rosie and Jim. She was a presenter on the series and subsequently illustrated books for the franchise.

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