Marie Hall Ets

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Marie Hall Ets (born December 16, 1895 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died Inverness, Florida in January 17, 1984)[citation needed] is an American writer and illustrator best known for children's picture books. She attended Lawrence College, and in 1918, Ets journeyed to Chicago where she became a social worker at the Chicago Commons, a settlement house on the northwest side of the city. In 1960 she won the annual Caldecott Medal for her illustrations of Nine Days to Christmas, whose text she wrote with Aurora Labastida.[1] She died in 1984. Just Me and In the Forest are both Caldecott Honor books. The black-and-white charcoal illustrations in Just Me "almost take on the appearance of woodcuts" and are similar in style to the illustrations in In the Forest.[2] Constantine Georgiou comments in Children and Their Literature that Ets' "picture stories and easy-to-read books" (along with those of Maurice Sendak) "are filled with endearing and quaint human touches, putting them at precisely the right angle to life in early childhood."[3] Play With Me, says Georgiou, is "a tender little tale, delicately illustrated in fragile pastels that echo the quiet mood of the story."[4]


  • Mister Penny (Viking Press, 1935)
  • The Story of a Baby, 1939
  • In the Forest, 1944 ‡
  • My Dog Rinty, 1946, by Ellen Terry
  • Oley, the Sea monster, 1947
  • Little Old Automobile, 1948
  • Mr. T. W. Anthony Woo: the story of a cat and a dog and a mouse, 1951 ‡
  • Beasts and Nonsense, 1952
  • Another Day, 1953
  • Play With Me, 1955 ‡
  • Mister Penny's Race Horse, 1956 ‡
  • Cow's Party, 1958
  • Nine Days to Christmas (Viking, 1959), text by Ets and Aurora Labastida ‡
  • Mister Penny's Circus, 1961
  • Gilberto and the Wind, 1963
  • Automobiles for Mice, 1964
  • Just Me, 1965 ‡
  • Bad Boy, Good Boy, 1967
  • Talking Without Words: I Can. Can You?, 1968
  • Rosa, the Life of an Italian Immigrant, 1970
  • Elephant in a Well, 1972
  • Jay Bird, 1974

‡ As an illustrator Ets won the annual Caldecott Medal in 1960 for Nine Days to Christmas and she was one of the runners-up five times from 1945 to 1966 (exceeded only by Maurice Sendak).[1] Since 1970 the runners-up are called Caldecott Honor Books.

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  1. ^ a b "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938–Present". Association for Library Service to Children. American Library Association. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  2. ^ Peterson, Linda Kauffman; Marilyn Leather Solt (1982). Newberry and Caldecott Medal and Honor Books: an annotated bibliography. Boston: G. K. Hall & Co. p. 333. ISBN 0-8161-8448-8. 
  3. ^ Georgiou, Constantine (1969). Children and Their Literature. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. p. 81. 
  4. ^ Georgiou (1969), p. 100.

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