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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Beatrice Schenk de Regniers  

Pen Name: Tamara Kit

Genre: Fiction NonFiction Poetry

Born: 1914 in Lafayette, In

-- Beatrice Schenk de Regniers on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Beatrice attended the University of Illinois, University of Chicago and Winnetka Graduate Teachers College from 1931 through 1941. She worked as an copy writer for Scott Foresman and company in Chicago until 1944.

Biographical and Professional Information

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers was born in Lafayette, Indiana. She studied social work administration at the University of Chicago and earned her M.Ed. in 1941 from Winnetka Graduate Teachers' College. After doing social work for several years, she was sent to the Sinai Peninsula to a Yugoslav refugee camp, constructing a kindergarten and teaching American folk dances to the children. During the 1950s she began writing for children.She was a prolific author of books for children, including the Caldecott Award-winning ''May I Bring a Friend?'' de Regniers produced children's books in several categories, from original creations, to retellings of classic stories.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Everyone is good for something /
ISBN: 039528967X. OCLC Number: 4858066

Houghton Mifflin/Clarion Books,. .

Everyone tells the boy he's good for nothing until he rescues a wise cat and helps save an island from a plague of mice.

How Joe the bear and Sam the mouse got together
ISBN: 0688090796. OCLC Number: 19774317

Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books,. .

The friendship of Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse blossoms when they find something they both like to do.

Jack and the beanstalk
ISBN: 0689311745. OCLC Number: 11970383

Atheneum,. .

Retells in verse the old tale of the boy who climbed a beanstalk, killed a giant, and won a fortune.

Jack and the beanstalk /
ISBN: 0689714211. OCLC Number: 20931985

Aladdin Books,. .

Retells in verse the old tale of the boy who climbed a beanstalk, killed a giant, and won a fortune.

Jack the Giant Killer :
ISBN: 0689312180. OCLC Number: 13268909

Atheneum,. .

Retells in verse Jack's encounter with a giant, including such lore as the right way to shake hands with a giant.

May I bring a friend?
ISBN: 9781442046511. OCLC Number: 712777994

Paw Prints,. .

A well-mannered little boy, frequently invited to visit the king and queen, always asks to bring a friend--and the friends are always wild animals--and always well-behaved. One day, a small boy receives a very special invitation -- the King and the Queen have invited him to the castle for tea. He accepts, with one question: May I bring a friend? Any friend of our friend is welcome her, says the King. But their guest's friend turns out to be someone they never expected!

May I bring a friend? /
ISBN: 0689713533. OCLC Number: 285476

Atheneum,. .

A well-mannered little boy has permission to bring his animal friends to visit the king and queen.

Monster soup and other spooky poems
ISBN: 0590452088. OCLC Number: 25204645

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Collection of humorous and scary poems about monsters.

Red Riding Hood :
ISBN: 0689704356. OCLC Number: 309612

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Retells in verse the adventures of a little girl who meets a wolf in the forest on her way to visit her grandmother.

So Many Cats!
ISBN: 9781442009851. OCLC Number: 310394446

Paw Prints. .

The way I feel-- sometimes /
ISBN: 0899196470. OCLC Number: 16226389

Clarion Books,. .

Presents a collection of poems about feelings, from anger to acceptance.

This big cat, and other cats I've known
ISBN: 0517555387. OCLC Number: 11290774

Crown Books,. .

Describes in rhyme the activities of cats and the joys of knowing them.

Waiting for Mama /
ISBN: 089919222X. OCLC Number: 9827480

Clarion Books,. .

Amy's wait outside the grocery store for her mother seems interminable, and she spends the time imagining the entire rest of her life.