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Crockett Johnson and Ruth KraussHow an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature$
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Philip Nel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036248

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.001.0001

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New Adventures on Page and Screen

New Adventures on Page and Screen

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(p.163) 18 New Adventures on Page and Screen
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Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss
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Philip Nel

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0019

To find ideas for her children’s books, Ruth Krauss continued to visit the Rowayton Kindergarten and the Community Cooperative Nursery School in Connecticut. After gathering enough of the children’s stories there, she showed them to Ursula Nordstrom. They eventually settled on seventeen tales collectively known as Somebody Else’s Nut Tree, with Maurice Sendak creating drawings for each. The fall of 1957 saw the publication of Monkey Day, a collaboration between Krauss and Phyllis Rowand, and Harold’s Trip to the Sky, a sequel to Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon. In October 1957, David Piel released his film version of Harold and the Purple Crayon. Johnson also wrote a new picture book, The Blue Ribbon Puppies, and a fourth Harold story, “Harold and the Big Day.” Meanwhile, Krauss found out that other companies were attempting to profit from A Hole Is to Dig without her permission; the book also inspired many imitators.

Keywords:   children’s books, Ruth Krauss, Ursula Nordstrom, Somebody Else’s Nut Tree, Maurice Sendak, Harold’s Trip to the Sky, Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Blue Ribbon Puppies, Harold and the Big Day, A Hole Is to Dig

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