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Uri Shulevitz

Uri Shulevitz
Copyright Mel Adelglass

Uri Shulevitz is a Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and author. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, on February 27, 1935. He began drawing at the age of three and, unlike many children, never stopped. The Warsaw blitz occurred when he was four years old, and the Shulevitz family fled. For eight years they were wanderers, arriving, eventually, in Paris in 1947. There Shulevitz developed an enthusiasm for French comic books, and soon he and a friend started making their own. At thirteen, Shulevitz won first prize in an all-elementary-school drawing competition in Paris's 20th district. In 1949, the family moved to Israel, where Shulevitz worked a variety of jobs: an apprentice at a rubber-stamp shop, a carpenter, and a dog-license clerk at Tel Aviv City Hall. He studied at the Teachers' Institute in Tel Aviv, where he took courses in literature, anatomy, and biology, and also studied at the Art Institute of Tel Aviv. At fifteen, he was the youngest to exhibit in a group drawing show at the Tel Aviv Museum. At 24 he moved to New York City, where he studied painting at Brooklyn Museum Art School and drew illustrations for a publisher of Hebrew books. One day while talking on the telephone, he noticed that his doodles had a fresh and spontaneous look—different from his previous illustrations. This discovery was the beginning of Uri's new approach to his illustrations for The Moon in My Room, his first book, published in 1963. Since then he was written and illustrated many celebrated children’s books. He won the Caldecott Medal for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, written by Arthur Ransome. He has also earned three Caldecott Honors, for The Treasure, Snow and How I Learned Geography. His other books include One Monday Morning, Dawn, So Sleepy Story, and many others. He also wrote the instructional guide Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books. He lives in New York City.

Caldecott Honor Book

Troto and the Trucks

Troto and the Trucks

Uri Shulevitz
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Troto is a happy little car who likes to go places. One day after a long drive, he arrives in Cactusville, where he meets some big trucks. But when those big trucks laugh at how small Troto is, Troto...

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Dusk

Uri Shulevitz
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

One December afternoon, boy with dog and grandfather with beard take a walk to watch the sun begin to set over the river. When the sun drops low in the sky, they start home. Buildings grow dimmer....

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Snow

Uri Shulevitz; read by Sean Schemmel
Macmillan Audio
Macmillan Young Listeners

Snow is a 1998 New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year and a 1999 Caldecott Honor Book.

"It's snowing, said boy with dog.
"It's only a snowflake,"...

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How I Learned Geography

FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Having fled from war in their troubled homeland, a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country. Food is scarce, so when the boy's father brings home a map instead of bread for supper,...

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Rain Rain Rivers

Uri Shulevitz; Illustrated by the author
Square Fish
Square Fish

"A child listens to the sound of rain, imagines various places where the rain is falling, and anticipates the plant growth and puddle play that will follow...The pictures all emphasize the nurturing, miraculous, and temporary qualities of a rainfall." --Starred, School Library Journal

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Snow

Snow

Uri Shulevitz; Illustrated by the author
Square Fish
Square Fish

Snow is a 1998 New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year and a 1999 Caldecott Honor Book.

"It's snowing, said boy with dog.
"It's only a snowflake,"...

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One Monday Morning

Square Fish
Square Fish

"One Monday morning the king, the queen, and the little prince came to visit me. But i wasn't home . . . "

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Dawn

Square Fish
Square Fish

Dawn is a 1974 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year.

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The Treasure

Square Fish
Square Fish

"Rich full-color illustrations provide a fresh and vigorous interpretation of the familiar story of a poor man who, inspired by a recurring dream, journeys to a far city to look for a treasure-only to be advised to return home and find it." --The Horn Book.

A "perfect blend of words and pictures. . .A must purchase." --Starred, School Library Journal


The Treasure is a 1980 Caldecott Honor Book.

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The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

When the Czar proclaims that he will marry his daughter to the man who brings him a flying ship, the Fool of the World sets out to try his luck and meets some unusual companions on the way.

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