Little, Jean, 1932-

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Jean Little was born January 2, 1932, in T'ai-nan, Formosa (Taiwan), the daughter of two physicians, but has spent most of her life in Canada. She became a teacher of children with physical challenges, a writer, and a professor of children's literature. As a child she had severe vision problems, and became interested in reading and writing through her very supportive parents who read to her and encouraged her to read herself. After taking a job working with handicapped children, Little began to search for children's books on the subject. She found very few, and most of them were unrealistic in that the child usually found a miraculous cure in the last chapter. She therefore began writing books about handicapped children, mostly so that her students could find themselves represented realistically in books. Little also wrote historical novels, and in many of her books stresses the importance of a child's imagination. She has received many awards and honors for her work. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, Vols. 2, 68, 106, 149 Something About the Author Autobiography Series, Vol. 17 Children's Literature Review, Vol. 4.

From the description of Jean Little Papers 1962-1972. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 475473631

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creatorOf McCully, Emily Arnold. Stand in the wind : production material, 1975. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Little, Jean, 1932-. Jean Little Papers 1962-1972. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Jean Little Collection. Different dragons / Jean Little. University of Guelph
creatorOf University of Guelph. Convocation. Bound signature books for citations for recipients of honours given at Convocation, 1989-1994. University of Guelph
creatorOf Jean Little Collection. Scrapbook of cards and letters belonging to Jean Little. University of Guelph
referencedIn Jean Little Collection. Audiovisual material related to Jean Little. University of Guelph
creatorOf University of Guelph. Library. Archival and Special Collections. Reception in honour of the 25th anniversary of Canadian Children's Literature with author Jean Little as speaker, March 2, 2002. University of Guelph
creatorOf Jean Little Collection. Mama's going to buy you a mockingbird / Jean Little. University of Guelph
creatorOf University of Guelph. Dept. of English Language & Literature. Photographs of Mary Rubio's retirement party, June 10, 2002. University of Guelph
creatorOf Jean Little Collection. Untitled handwritten poem / Jean Little. University of Guelph
creatorOf L.M. Montgomery Collection. Album of Photographs of Production of Anne of Green Gables Performed by High School Girl Students of Hokoriku Gakuin in Kanazawa, Japan From Adaptation by Jean Little, 1973. University of Guelph
creatorOf Jean Little Collection. How Barney saved Christmas / by Jean Little. University of Guelph
creatorOf Jean Little Collection. Little by Little / Jean Little. University of Guelph
creatorOf Guelph (Ont.). A brief outline of the literary history of Guelph / by Alexander H. Brodie, Department of English, Wellington College, University of Guelph. University of Guelph
creatorOf Jean Little Collection. A shepherd called Mim / by Jean Little. University of Guelph
creatorOf Jean Little Collection. Let me be gentle / Jean Little. University of Guelph
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