Journey from Peppermint Street by Meindert DeJong ; Pictures by Emily Arnold McCully
New York : Harper & Row, 1968. Hardcover. 242 pages ; Illustrated ; 22 cm. $4.50 dust jacket with 3' tear to the front side of jacket. National Book Award sticker on jacket front. Otherwise, a very good copy with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.
JOURNEY FROM PEPPERMINT STREET
by Meindert DeJong
Emily Arnold McCully
Siebren could hardly believe it when his mother said he could go with Grandfather to visit his great-aunt who lived in an old monastery far inland. In his whole life Siebren had never been farther than the next village!
Their walk at night from Weirom, which was on the seacoast, to the lonely marsh where his great-aunt lived was full of imaginary as well as real dangers. And Siebren's visit, which was climaxed by a tornado, turned out to be one he would never forget. What Siebren learns about people, about fear, and about love and the surprise he finds awaiting him on his return to Peppermint Street make his journey truly memorable.
Meindert Dejong's warm story, set in Holland in the early 1900's, vividly expresses the feelings and emotions of a sensitive boy encountering new experiences and situations. The charming descriptive illustrations by Emily Arnold McCully wonderfully complement this moving book.
MEINDERT DEJONG was born in Weirom, The Netherlands, and lived there until he was eight years old. In 1914 his family came to the United States and settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Mr. Dejong lived for many years. Recently he has lived in Mexico, and he now makes his home in Chapel Mill, North Carolina.
Mr. Dejong is the winner of the 1955 Newbery Medal for his book THE WHEEL ON THE SCHOOL. He also won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1962. Mr. Dejong's many books for children include FAR OUT THE LONG
CANAL, SHADRACH, THE TOWER BY THE SEA, and DIRK'S DOG, BELLO.
EMILY ARNOLD McCULLY lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, a professor at Swarthmore College, and their young son, Nathaniel. Mrs. McCully received her Bachelor's Degree from Brown University and has a Master's Degree in art history from Columbia University.
Mrs. McCully has illustrated a number of books, including THE SEVENTEENTH-STREET GANG by Emily Neville, LUIGI OF THE STREETS by Natalie Savage Carlson, and GOONEY by Barbara Borack.
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