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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.

Published Works

    The Giant Story, Harper, 1953May I Bring a Friend, Atheneum, 1964How Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse got Together, Lathrop, Lee & Shepard, 1965Red Riding Hood (In Verse), Atheneum, 1972A Bunch of Poems and Verses, Clarion, 1979Waiting for Mama, Houghton Mifflin, 1984So Many Cats, Houghton Mifflin, 1985This Big Cat and Other Cats I've Known, Crown, 1985Jack and the Beanstalk Retold in Verse, Aladdin, 1990Every One is Good for Something, Clarion, 1980A Week in the Life of Best Friends, Atheneum, 1986Jack the Giant-Killer, Atheneum, 1987The Way I Feel...Sometimes, Clarion, 1988

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Atheneum,. New York :. 1964

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

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

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©1984.

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

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

Aladdin Books,. New York :. 1990.

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

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

Houghton Mifflin/Clarion Books,. New York :. ©1980.

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.

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

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©1988.

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