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Book Title: Me and My Flying Machine|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 338 KB
v The author of the book: Marianna Mayer
Edition: Parents Magazine Press
Date of issue: January 1st 1971
ISBN 13: 9780819305152
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Read full description of the books Me and My Flying Machine:Cute and beautifully illustrated and the story was lovely, right up until the very end. I love how the little kid came up with and built his machine and then dreamed of all the things he would do with it and the places he'd go. It was wonderful, until....... (view spoiler)[the machine he built breaks apart. I saw it coming, but what I didn't see coming was the fact that he gives up on it and decides to build a row boat. Right up until that point I was in love with this book, but after that it seemed like he gave up on his dream for something more practical. I would have preferred he continue to pursue his dream of the flying machine. That would have been a better moral for the story. (hide spoiler)]
Read information about the authorMarianna Mayer lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.
"I see folktales and myths as humankind's first stories," says Marianna Mayer. "They are a kind of collective dreaming, filled with timeless symbols and images we can all relate to, regardless of age or culture. And, much as an oyster must be disturbed by a grain of sand in order for the pearl to be created, I often choose to retell stories in which I find unresolved fragments that are somehow perplexing to me."
Though widely known as a children's book writer, Marianna Mayer's early education focused on visual art. "It seems to me there was never a time when I didn't want to be an artist, " she says. "I liked to tell stories with pictures and compose music. My sister and I put on plays made up from my stories. And then I decided to start writing a book, at the age of nine." She published her first book at the age of nineteen. After college, she studied painting at the Art Students League in New York City. Her experiences as an artist provided many images that she began to incorporate into writing. Gradually, she shifted to the written word as a medium of expression. She explains, "I began to feel more freedom when using words as my paints and plots as my canvases.
"While in the midst of a writing project, I live so much in my mind that what takes place in my imagination becomes quite real to me. I try to become part of the culture of a particular tale as much as possible. While working on Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, for example, I read all I could about Russia. What I learned about Slavic mythology helped to deepen my understanding of the story. I listened to Russian music, ate Russian food (which I love!), and tried in other small ways to enter into the essence of that culture."
"My writing is deeply personal. First and foremost I write for the child who still lives within me. Then to the child in others, whether that child resides in a young person or an adult. I'm striving to reach out to that spirit of wonder within us all. The stories I was told as a child, those half-remembered folktales and myths, have become the foundation for what I continue to work on in my books. The sense of hope that books instilled in me as a child saw me through many difficult times. Because of this, I choose characters who face overwhelming odds but triumph through courage and perseverance. Similarly, myth allows a child to believe in his or her own dreams and can instill a boundless hope for the future."
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