Sunday, March 20, 2011
A Giant Called Jane
I know we've all read of Ms. Yolen's mega-accomplishments, among which are the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards and two Christopher Awards, to name but a very few. And I know we have been touched by her significant works such as The Devil's Arithmetic and Owl Moon. And, of course, so many many more. But when she was asked which book was her favorite, she answered, "The one I'm working on now. The others are in the past. This one is in the present."
I have a suspicion this is how giants succeed. Never looking back at past laurels. Always forging on, setting goals and accomplishing them. And never forgetting who they are and what their purpose is in life.
Yes, Jane is first among equals as far as giants go. For me, meeting her was monumental. Oh, and I look forward to her next three hundred books.