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In the Great Green Room Audiobook

In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown

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The extraordinary life of the woman behind the beloved children's classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes alive in this fascinating biography of Margaret Wise Brown. Margaret's books have sold millions of copies all over the world, but few people know that she was at the center of a children's book publishing revolution. Her whimsy and imagination fueled a steady stream of stories, book ideas, songs, and poems and she was renowned for her prolific writing and business savvy, as well as her stunning beauty and endless thirst for adventure.

Margaret started her writing career by helping to shape the curriculum for the Bank Street School for Children, making it her mission to create stories that would rise above traditional fairy tales and allowed girls to see themselves as equal to boys. At the same time, she also experimented endlessly with her own writing. Margaret would spend days researching subjects, picking daisies, cloud gazing, and observing nature, all in an effort to precisely capture a child's sense of awe and wonder as they discovered the world.

Clever, quirky, and incredibly talented, Margaret embraced life with passion, lived extravagantly off of her royalties, went on rabbit hunts, and carried on long and troubled love affairs with both men and women. But before she could marry Margaret died unexpectedly at the age of 42, leaving behind a cache of unpublished work and a timeless collection of books that would go on to become classics in children's literature.

Author Amy Gary captures the eccentric and exceptional life of Margaret Wise Brown, and drawing on newly discovered personal letters and diaries, reveals an intimate portrait of a creative genius whose unrivaled talent breathed new life into the literary world.

©2017 Amy Gary (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    E.A.Snelson ST Paul, MN, United States 03-15-17
    E.A.Snelson ST Paul, MN, United States 03-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating story poorly told"

    Margaret Wise Brown deserves better. I had no idea that, in addition to being one of my favorite children's books author, she had an interesting life. This book appears to be attempting to drown out Brown's story in utter tedium. The author poorly strings together bits from Brown's own writings but adds nothing. Nothing the performer could do but make this a boring listen.

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    "Beautiful biography about such a unique woman"

    Love this biography. Made me interested in all aspects of her life and influences. Really well written and full of intimacy and detail.

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    crawle 01-31-17
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    I had always pictured Margaret Wise Brown as a little old lady in a rocking chair. That was fine but now I will enjoy her book so much more knowing a truly engaging and life filled girl she was

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