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Caroline Moran

 Born Thomas Anthony

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dePaola on September 15, 1934  Meriden, CT  3 Siblings:

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 Joseph Jr.  Maureen  Judie

 Parents: Joseph & Florence
 Grandparents

 Irish and Italian heritage

 Career Plans  Education

 BFA – Pratt Institute (1956)  MFA – California College of

 Skowheegan School of Painting

Arts and Crafts (1969)  Doctoral equivalency – Lone Mountain College (1970)
 Summer 1955  Ben Shahn

and Illustration

 Benedictine Monastery  Taught art  Therapy helped his creativity

and productivity

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 Has illustrated 200+ books since his start in 1965

Sound (1965) and Wheels (1965)  The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin (1966)

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1973 artwork

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1998 artwork

1998 cover: 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

Chapter book series:
1. 26 Fairmount Avenue (1999)
2. Here We All Are (2000)

3. On My Way (2001)
4. What a Year (2002) 6. I’m Still Scared (2005)

5. Things Will NEVER Be the Same (2003) 7. WHY? (2006)

8. For the Duration (2009)

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 Catholic background

 Interested in saints, miracles,

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and contemporary liturgical art  Wide range of story types:  Extensive research

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Interior image from Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bible Stories

1990

Right: Country Angel Christmas (1995) Above: sketch from Guess Who’s Coming to Santa’s for Dinner? (2004)

 Favorite holiday

 Tries to complete a new book every year
 Variety of story types

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 Several informational books  Injects humor through text and pictures  Written and illustrated by dePaola:  Charlie Needs a Cloak (1973)  The Cloud Book (1975)  The Quicksand Book (1977)  The Popcorn Book (1978)  shown above

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 Extensive research

 Irish and Italian heritage

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 Less well-known stories

from around the world  Style fits the story

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Tony’s Bread (1989) Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato (1992) Fin M’Coul (1981) The Legend of the Poinsettia (1994)

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush (1988)  Alice Nizzy Nazzy: The Witch of Santa Fe - story by

Tony Johnston (1995)

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Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose
 Marked his 20th year in 

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publication (1985) 128-page collection Layout design + organization of rhymes make it unique Extensive research + use of classic verses Well-known + less-familiar rhymes

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Strega Nona (1975)
 Board Book Version (1997)

Big Anthony and the Magic Ring
(1979)

Strega Nona’s Magic Lessons (1982) Merry Christmas, Strega Nona (1986) Strega Nona Meets Her Match (1993) Strega Nona: Her Story (1996) Big Anthony: His Story (1998) Strega Nona Takes a Vacation (2000)

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 Paint

 Watercolor

Strega Nona (1975)  Strega Nona’s Magic Lessons (1982)  Strega Nona Takes a Vacation (2000)

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 White birds  Hearts  Body language

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Country Angel Christmas (1995) Days of the Blackbird (1997) Mice Squeak, We Speak (1997) Tony’s Bread (1989)

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Hidden clues & foreshadowing
Strega Nona’s Magic Lessons (1982)  Helga’s Dowry (1977)

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Theatrical and film attributes
 Proscenium arch (The

Triumphs of Fuzzy Fogtop - 1979)  Sequential art (Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato - 1992)

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 Varies throughout his

stories  Art usually framed and kept separate from text  Sometimes text is part of the picture  Space and size used strategically

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Too many to list! Highlights:
 1976 Caldecott Honor Award (Strega

Nona)

 1981 Kerlan Award (University of



Minnesota) 1983 Regina Medal (Catholic Library Association) 1990 USA nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in Illustration (International Board on Books for Young People – IBBY) 2000 Newbery Honor Award (26 Fairmount Avenue) 2003 Life Achievement Award (New Hampshire Writers’ Project)

 Several honorary doctoral degrees

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