Saturday, July 16, 2011

16th July Eve Titus (1922 - 2002)

Eve Titus was the author of a large number of books which feature anthropomorphic mice. The most famous was Anatole, a French mouse. There were several picture books about Anatole, but only two remain in print, Anatole and Anatole and the Cat, both of which were Caldecott Honor Books in the years of their publication, 1956 and 1957. This series was illustrated by Paul Galdone. Anatole celebrated his fiftieth anniversary in 2006, so this classic of the 1950s appears dated and difficult to my children. Nevertheless, they have some appeal to older children and when being read by and discussed with an adult. Her other series featured a mouse detective, Basil of Baker Street who behaved somewhat like Sherlock Holmes.

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