Children’s Book Week is just around the corner—May 2-8, 2016. If you’re like me, you have fond memories of the many children’s books you read as a youngster and a list of favorite children’s book authors. Here’s one of mine:
- She never received a rejection slip in her entire writing career.
- She became an American citizen in 1865.
- She loved dollhouses and wrote a short story, “Racketty Packetty House” about the lively antics of a dollhouse family.
- She wrote her most famous book, The Secret Garden, following the death of her young son Lionel.
Did you guess who she is?
|Frances Hodgson Burnett|
But instead of rejoicing at her great fortune and literary success, Frances kept wondering when she was really going to “arrive.” She doubted her own success. She kept thinking there would be “something more.” She once asked, “Is this the party? Is this all there is?”
It’s sad, don’t you think, that she should have doubted herself and her God-given abilities? Before she died in 1924, Frances wrote: “With the best I have in me, I have tried to write more happiness into the world.” When I think of the hours I have enjoyed curled up with one of her books, I believe she did succeed in doing that.
Do you have a favorite Burnett book or short story? I’d love to know what it is. She wrote dozens.
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