Michael O. Tunnell
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About Michael O. Tunnell
I taught children's literature at Brigham Young University for many years and have written several books about literature for young readers, including THE STORY OF OURSELVES: TEACHING HISTORY THROUGH CHILDREN'S LITERATURE and CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, BRIEFLY. Twice I helped choose the Newbery Medal winner, the most prestigious of children’s book awards. My wife, Glenna, and I live in Orem, Utah. We have four grown children and nine grandchildren. We love to travel the world when we can and, in the last few years, have been to Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Japan, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, England, Italy, Slovenia, and Hungary.
My writing includes picture books, informational books, and novels for young readers of different ages. Many of my books are about historical topics, such as THE CHILDREN OF TOPAZ, a photo-essay about the Japanese-American internment camp located in Utah during World War II. Other examples include the picture book, MAILNG MAY (illustrated by the wonderful Ted Rand), which is the amazing true story of a five-year-old girl in Idaho who was mailed by parcel post to her grandmother in 1914 (an ALA Notable Book), and the novel, BROTHERS IN VALOR based on the true story of three German teens who resisted Hitler during WWII (A Junior Library Guild Selection). I also have written fantasy, such as my ghost story, SCHOOL SPIRITS, and my “Arabian Nights” Moon Duet (WISHING MOON and MOON WITHOUT MAGIC). WISHING MOON received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and won the Utah Book Award. CANDY BOMBER: THE STORY OF THE BERLIN AIRLIFT'S "CHOCOLATE PILOT" is another of my history titles. It is a photo-essay about an American pilot who dropped candy-laden parachutes to children during Berlin Airlift. CANDY BOMBER received a starred review from Booklist, won an Orbis Pictus Honor Book Award and the Beehive Book Award, and appeared on many best books lists. Some of my other books include the picture books CHINOOK!, THE JOKE'S ON GEORGE, HALLOWEEN PIE, and BEAUTY AND THE BEASTLY CHILDREN, as well as THE PRYDAIN COMPANION, a guide to Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles. My upcoming book, JEWEL OF THE DESERT: LIFE IN A CITY BEHIND BARBED WIRE, is another look at Japanese American internment during the Second World War.
For more about Michael O. Tunnell, see the following sources:
Something About the Author, volume 103. Edited by Alan Hedblad. The Gale Group, 1999, pp. 168-173.
The Eighth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators. Edited by Connie Rockman. H.W. Wilson, 2000, pp. 529-533.
Something About the Author, volume 157. The Gale Group, 2005, pp. 247-252
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A concise, engaging, practical overview of children’s literature that keeps the focus on the books children read.
This brief introduction to children’s literature genres leaves time to actually read children’s books. Written on the assumption that the focus of a children’s literature course should be on the actual books that children read, the authors first wrote this book in 1996 as a “textbook for people who don’t like children’s literature textbooks.” Today it serves as an overview to shed light on the essentials of children’s literature and how to use it effectively with young readers, from PreK to 8th grade. The authors use an enjoyable, conversational style to achieve their goal of providing a practical overview of children’s books that offers a framework and background information, while keeping the spotlight on the books themselves.
A classroom diary created by Japanese American children paints a vivid picture of daily life in a so-called "internment camp." Mae Yanagi was eight years old when she started school at Topaz Camp in Utah. She and her third-grade classmates began keeping an illustrated diary, full of details about schoolwork, sports, pets, holidays, and health--as experienced from behind barbed wire. Diary pages, archival photographs, and narrative nonfiction text convey the harsh changes experienced by the children, as well as their remarkable resilience.
What began as a one-time gesture of compassion turned into an official U.S. Air Force operation. “Operation Little Vittles” grew, as more and more pilots volunteered to drop the parachutes, and donations of candy and cloth poured in from all over. This inspiring story of one man’s contribution to the rebuilding of a country after war is a unique look at history.
Illustrated with archival photographs, personal photographs from Lt. Gail Halvorsen—the Chocolate Pilot—letters, and documents, Candy Bomber is an important and interesting addition to studies of World War II.
An informative resource for formal studies of the Prydain Chronicles, as well as an excellent opportunity to delve into the fantastic workings of Prydain
"The Prydain Companion is more than a quick reference or handy glossary, though it is all of that as well. Instructive, certainly. But, like any good companion, a pleasure to be with over a long period of time." —Lloyd Alexander, from the foreword
This intriguing volume is at once a wonderful reference resource and a vehicle for exploration and discovery in itself. Complete with a biographical sketch of Lloyd Alexander, a personal foreword by Mr. Alexander, a "How to Use the Companion" section from the author, pronunciation keys, excerpts throughout, and—most substantially—an alphabetical guide to the peoples, places, and objects of the Prydain Chronicles, The Prydain Companion is a one-stop reference book for a beloved world of fantasy and magic.
For those who love the works of Lloyd Alexander—young readers, teachers, researchers, all—and those who are only beginning to know them, here is a worthy and useful travelmate.