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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John O. Cech  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1944 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.johncech.com/John_Cech___.html
-- John O. Cech on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=john+o.+cech


Illinois Connection

Cech was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Cech is an award-winning writer, teacher, scholar and critic. He is a Professor of English and Children's Literature at the University of Florida in Gainsville, where he currently serves as the Director of the University’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture. He is also the director of the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture.


Selected Titles At Your Library

My grandmother's journey /
ISBN: 0689818904. OCLC Number:

Aladdin Paperbacks,. New York :. 1996

A grandmother tells the story of her eventful life in early twentieth-century Europe and her arrival in the United States after World War II.

First snow, magic snow /
ISBN: 0027179710. OCLC Number:

Four Winds Press,. New York :. ©1992.

A little girl made from the magical first snow lives with a lonely man and his wife through the winter, and when she disappears in the spring, the couple set out in search of her.

Django /
ISBN: 0027657051. OCLC Number:

Four Winds Press ;. New York :. ©1994.

In this retelling of a Floridian legend, a boy learns to fiddle and later uses his music to save the forest animals from the floods caused by a hurricane.

Jacques-Henri Lartigue :
ISBN: 0663592747. OCLC Number:

Silver Burdett Ginn,. Needham, MA. :. ©1996.

Photographs taken by a French boy after he received his first camera in 1902.

The Southernmost Cat /
ISBN: 0689805101. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©1996.

While being dragged around the Atlantic Ocean by a huge fish, an adventuresome cat, whose life bears an amazing resemblence to that of Ernest Hemingway, recalls the events of his previous eight existences.

Aesop's fables /
ISBN: 1402752989. OCLC Number:

Sterling,. New York :. ©2009.

Beautiful illustration throughout enhances this wonderful collection of timeless tales, including "The Sun and the Wind," "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse," "The Fox and the Grapes," and many others.

The nutcracker /
ISBN: 1454921161. OCLC Number:

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In this retelling of the original 1816 German story, Godfather Drosselmeier gives young Marie a nutcracker for Christmas, and she finds herself in a magical realm where she saves a boy from an evil curse.

The princess and the pea /
ISBN: 1454916788. OCLC Number:

Sterling,. New York, NY :. ©2007.

An abridgement of the tale in which a girl proves that she is a real princess by feeling a pea through twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds. Includes historical notes about Hans Christian Anderson and the original fairy tale.

The twelve dancing princesses /
ISBN: 1454919094. OCLC Number:

Sterling,. New York :. ©2009.

A retelling of the traditional tale of how the king's twelve daughters wear out their shoes every night while supposedly sleeping in their locked bedroom.

The elves and the shoemaker /
ISBN: 1454916761. OCLC Number:

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Adapted from the perennially popular Brothers Grimm story, John Cech's engaging retelling of "The Elves and the Shoemaker" features uniquely compelling and otherworldly illustrations by Kirill Chelushkin. Their acclaimed version now in paper brings this magical tale of kindness and generosity to a new generation of readers. Includes notes about the origins of the story.

Jack and the beanstalk /
ISBN: 1402730640. OCLC Number:

Sterling Pub. Co.,. New York :. ©2008.

A boy climbs to the top of a giant beanstalk where he uses his quick wits to outsmart an ogre and make his and his mother's fortune. Includes historical notes on versions of this tale, other heroic stories, and alternate "ascension" tales.

Puss in boots /
ISBN: 1402744366. OCLC Number:

Sterling,. New York :. ©2010.

A clever cat helps his poor master win fame, fortune, and the hand of a beautiful princess. Includes historical notes on versions of this tale and other fairy tales.

Rapunzel /
ISBN: 1454916796. OCLC Number:

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A poor couple is forced to surrender their newborn daughter to a powerful witch, all for having stolen some lettuce to satisfy the wife's unbearable hunger. And so the witch takes Rapunzel to a secluded tower, where the girl spends her days singing and braiding her long hair. Then, one day, a prince hears her sweet voice and everything changes. Includes notes about the origins of the story.

Rumpelstiltskin /
ISBN: 1454919086. OCLC Number:

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A strange little man helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-born child. Includes historical notes on the story's origins, versions from other countries, and the significance of names.

Imagination and innovation :
ISBN: 0545089220. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Press,. New York :. 2009.

Explores the work of director Morton Schindel at Weston Woods Studios, and his commitment to producing quality children's films.

A rush of dreamers :
ISBN: 1569247757. OCLC Number:

Marlowe,. New York :. 1997.

Fictionalized account of the life of the Emperor Norton of California in Gold Rush days.

Angels and wild things :
ISBN: 0271009497. OCLC Number:

Pennsylvania State University Press,. University Park :. ©1995.

Angels and Wild Things examines the unique contribution of Maurice Sendak to the literature of childhood. It is the first comprehensive reading of Sendak's key works that considers the symbolic child who has appeared and developed in Sendak's books and remains at the center of his vision. By fusing biographical, historical, cultural, and literary materials with the insights of depth psychology and archetypal theory, this study traces the evolution of Sendak's work - from its first, bold steps in the 1950s, to its liberating breakthroughs of the 1960s and early 1970s, to the rich complexity of his most recent books. Although touching on many of the works that Sendak has been involved with, John Cech concentrates on those books that Sendak has both written and illustrated - in essence, those works over which he has had complete artistic control. It is in these books that we can see most clearly the poesis of Sendak's art, the alchemy of his creative process that has woven together the remembrances of his own things past, the spirit of his times, the history of children's literature, and Sendak's animating concern with the archetypal figure of the child - a symbol of creative potential, emotional vitality, and spiritual renewal. Angels and Wild Things documents the major role that Sendak has played in helping to develop a literature of fantasy for young children, one that could explore the "inside," the emotional, imaginative terrain of a child's experience.


Awards

My Grandmother's Journey

  • Outstanding Book in the Field of Social Studies, Children's Book Council and the National Council of Social Studies
  • First Snow, Magic Snow

  • Outstanding Book in the Field of Social Studies, Children's Book Council and the National Council of Social Studies
  • Jacques-Henri Lartigue

    Speaking Engagements

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