- Title Pages
- 1 Ruth Krauss’s Charmed Childhood
- 2 Becoming Crockett Johnson
- 3 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman
- 4 Punching the Clock and Turning Left
- 5 First Draft
- 6 Crockett and the Red Crayon
- 7 “We Met, and That Was It!”
- 8 Barnaby
- 9 A Good Man and His Good Wife
- 10 The Athens of South Norwalk
- 11 Art and Politics
- 12 At Home with Ruth and Dave
- 13 The Big World and the Little House
- 14 Artists Are to Watch
- 15 The Art of Collaboration
- 16 Harold
- 17 Striking Out into New Areas of Experimentation
- 18 New Adventures on Page and Screen
- 19 “Hitting on All 24 Cylinders”
- 20 Poet in the News, Cartoonist on TV
- 21 Lorca Variations and Harold’s ABC
- 22 Provocateur and Philosopher
- 23 Painting, Passports, and Protest
- 24 Theorems in Color, Poems on Stage
- 25 “You’re Only as Old as Other People Think You Are”
- 26 What Would Harold Do?
- 27 Life after Dave
- 28 Children Are to Love
Children Are to Love
Children Are to Love
- (p.269) 28 Children Are to Love
- Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss
- University Press of Mississippi
In 1989, Ruth Krauss placed an ad looking for someone to rent Crockett Johnson’s studio in Westport. Joanna Czaderna, a Polish immigrant who was seven months pregnant at the time, responded. Czaderna and her husband, Janusz, became a part of the household, followed by their daughter, Bianca, who was born in December 1989. In Joanna Czaderna, Krauss found a confidant and chauffeur. They traveled in Krauss’s little Honda, visiting the places she had lived and worked, including the Rowayton house and the schools where she had interviewed children for her books. Krauss also began making books for her own amusement—one of her favorite childhood activities. In July 1992, her health started to fail, and Czaderna became her primary caregiver. Aware that Ruth might die anytime soon, Maureen O’Hara phoned Maurice Sendak and asked him to come back for a final visit. On 10 July, Ruth Krauss passed away. In accordance with her wishes, she was cremated and her ashes scattered in Long Island Sound where her husband’s ashes were also tossed nineteen years earlier.
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