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William Steig


From: Sears, Ellen (ESears_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Oct 06 2003 - 09:22:40 PDT

A sad note in the world of children's
William Steig died last evening at the age of 95. He won the Caldecott
award in 1970 for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and wrote Shrek, Abel's
Island, Brave Irene and Doctor DeSoto among others. (Those of us old enough
might remember the controversy of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble in which he
illustrated the police in the story as pigs. Steig always said he never
made that connection; he simply drew all the characters in the book as
animals and he just drew the police in the form of pigs. (In VIetnam era
U.S. some people didn't believe that and insisted it be removed from library
shelves). It survived all of that and is now a revered title in children's
literature history.