Writer is superb, versatile Author, author

November 08, 1998

We are often stunned by the work of Jane Yolen, author of "Owl Moon" and "Ballad of the Pirate Queens." Not for her sheer output, though she can rival any writer today with the number of books she has written and edited (more than 200 and counting), but by the wide range of her writing style and her ability to achieve excellence in practically any field she chooses.

The author of picture books, folk tales (both original and retellings), poetry and novels for readers from beginners to adults, she skillfully employs fantasy as well as realism to give depth to a body of work that is superb in its use of language.

As an editor, anthologizer and compiler of collections of poetry, short stories and songs, her ability to bring to light the talents of authors has given numerous writers entry into the world of children's books.

It is not an overstatement to say that no matter what the stage of a reader's life, Jane Yolen has probably provided a book just right for it. The bounty of her talent enriches us all.

- from "Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children" by Valerie V. Lewis and Walter M. Mayes

Pub Date: 11/08/98

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