Rosemary Wells
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Rosemary Wells

Born in New York City, Rosemary Wells grew up in a house "filled with books, dogs, and nineteenth-century music." Her childhood years were spent between her parents' home near Red Bank, New Jersey, and her grandmother's rambling stucco house on the Jersey Shore. Most of her sentimental memories, both good and bad, stem from that place and time. Her mother was a dancer in the Russian Ballet, and her father a playwright and actor. Mrs. Wells says, "Both my parents flooded me with books and stories. My grandmother took me on special trips to the theater and museums in New York. "Rosemary Wells's career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two enormous, definitive editions, published by Candlewick. Wells wrote and illustrated Unfortunately Harriet, her first book with Dial, in 1972. One year later she wrote the popular Noisy Nora. "The children and our home life have inspired, in part, many of my books. Our West Highland white terrier, Angus, had the shape and expressions to become Benjamin and Tulip, Timothy, and all the other animals I have made up for my stories." Her daughters Victoria and Beezoo were constant inspirations, especially for the now famous "Max" board book series. "Simple incidents from childhood are universal," Wells says. "The dynamics between older and younger siblings are common to all families."But not all of Wells' ideas come from within the family circle. Many times when speaking, Mrs. Wells is asked where her ideas come from. She usually answers, "It's a writer's job to have ideas." Sometimes an idea comes from something she reads or hears about, as in the case of her recent book, Mary on Horseback, a story based on the life of Mary Breckenridge, who founded the Frontier Nursing Service. Timothy Goes to School was based on an incident in which her daughter was teased for wearing the wrong clothes to a Christmas concert. Her dogs, west highland terriers, Lucy and Snowy, work their way into her drawings in expression and body position. She admits, "I put into my books all of the things I remember. I am an accomplished eavesdropper in restaurants, trains, and gatherings of any kind. These remembrances are jumbled up and changed because fiction is always more palatable than truth. Memories become more true as they are honed and whittled into characters and stories."

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    • Voyage to the Bunny Planet

    • By: Rosemary Wells
    • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
    • Length: 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Three bunnies, each experiencing a truly dreadful day, are whisked away to the gentle Bunny Planet, a place that lies "far beyond the moon and stars"....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Something my kids will remember

    • By Amanda on 10-26-17

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Emily's First 100 Days Of School

    • By: Rosemary Wells
    • Narrated by: Diana Canova
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    With so much to do on her first day of school, Emily feels like it will take forever to reach 100, when her teacher announces they will have a party after 100 days....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Way to Count to 100 by Means of a Story.

    • By Mark Alvarado on 04-18-13

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Max's Christmas

    • By: Rosemary Wells
    • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
    • Length: 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Irrespressible Max wants to stay up late on Christmas so he can see Santa Claus....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Good audio, just not original voices ...

    • By carlita99 on 10-02-17

    Regular price: $0.99

    • Red Moon at Sharpsburg

    • By: Rosemary Wells
    • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    As the Civil War swirls closer to her home in Virginiaâ¿¿s Shenandoah Valley, 13-year-old India Moody is tutored by a young scholar....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Red Moon at Sharpsburg

    • By DEBORAH HENNAGIR on 08-18-08

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Noisy Nora

    • By: Rosemary Wells
    • Narrated by: Nicole Freshette
    • Length: 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    Nora makes herself heard when everyone in her house is too busy to listen....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Adorable Children's Book!

    • By Kristina Warrior Princess on 05-09-16

    Regular price: $0.99

    • Max's Chocolate Chicken

    • By: Rosemary Wells
    • Narrated by: Louise Roberts
    • Length: 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Max's overbearing big sister, Ruby, suggests that the chocolate chicken in the birdbath should go to the one who finds the most Easter eggs....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sharing a gift

    • By THoward on 04-21-16

    Regular price: $0.99

    • Timothy Goes to School

    • By: Rosemary Wells
    • Narrated by: Dan Diggles
    • Length: 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Timothy learns about "fitting in" and making friends during the first week of his first year of school....

    Regular price: $4.19

    • On the Blue Comet

    • By: Rosemary Wells
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    The great stock market crash has rippled across the country, and the bank takes over Oscar's family home - along with all their cherished model trains....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Meh . . .

    • By Besendorfer Books LLC on 02-02-17

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Otto Runs for President

    • By: Rosemary Wells
    • Narrated by: Diana Canova
    • Length: 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    There is a big school election at the Barkadelphia School. Who will win? Tiffany, one of the popular girls; Charles, an all-star sport; or Otto, a good friend and listener....

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Morris's Disappearing Bag

    • By: Rosemary Wells
    • Narrated by: Nicole Freshette
    • Length: 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    Morris discovers one last present under the tree - one that makes his fondest Christmas wish come true....

    Regular price: $0.99

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