Lynne Rae Perkins: lynn ray
Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is also the author of the novel All Alone in the Universe, the award-winning companion to Criss Cross. An artist as well as a writer, Lynne Rae Perkins has published several acclaimed picture books, including The Broken Cat, Snow Music, Pictures from Our Vacation, and The Cardboard Piano.
She lives with her family in northern Michigan, where it snows all the time.
This biography was last updated on 07/16/2010.
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Lynne Rae Perkins, in her own words...
I grew up in a small town not far from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We
lived on the raw frontier of a new subdivision, where eighteen small ranch
houses sat bravely on eighteen lots with tiny sticks of trees and unpaved
driveways. To a child, it was a paradise of uninterrupted backyards with
unlimited playmates and extra mothers and fathers available if you should
happen to need one. Not to mention woods and a creek right nearby.
I thought we must be the luckiest people on earth. I remember even liking my age and feeling a little sorry for those born in a year other than 1956.
As I grew older, it slowly dawned on me that there was a larger world, where there were other opinions and ideas, other ways of doing things. Some of them even seemed better than ours. To my perplexity, my parents were less impressed with this news than I was.
I was also baffled by some other mysteries: Why didn't football players like smart girls? And how could I pick one career and do it every day for forty years? I received little guidance on the first question, but my guidance ...
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