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Author: Margot Zemach
Publisher: Reading, Massachusetts : Addison-Wesley, [1978] ©1978
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Juvenile audience : Manuscript   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
A well-known illustrator of children's books talks about herself, her life, and her work.

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Genre/Form: Autobiography
Juvenile works
Biography Juvenile literature
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Zemach, Margot.
Self portrait.
Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley, ©1978
Named Person: Margot Zemach; Margot Zemach; Margot Zemach
Material Type: Biography, Juvenile audience, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Margot Zemach
ISBN: 0201090961 9780201090963
OCLC Number: 4004039
Notes: Margot Zemach (November 30, 1931 – May 21, 1989) was an American illustrator of more than forty children's books, some of which she also wrote. Many were adaptations of folk tales from around the world, especially Yiddish and other Eastern European stories. She and her husband Harvey Fichstrom, writing as Harve Zemach, collaborated on several picture books including Duffy and the Devil for which she won the 1974 Caldecott Medal. Margot Zemach was born in Los Angeles. When she was growing up there during the Great Depression, she used drawing to make people laugh but she never had enough paper. She studied at the Los Angeles County Art Institute and, on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1955–1956, at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in Austria. In 1957, Zemach married Harvey Fichstrom (1933–1974). They had four daughters, including Kaethe Zemach who is another writer and illustrator of children's books. Margot Zemach died in Berkeley, California on May 21, 1989, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Zemach began her career when Fichstrom urged her to do children's books. Houghton Mifflin published their first collaboration in 1959, Small boy is listening, based on their experiences in Vienna.[1] She did the illustrations and he did the text under the pseudonym Harve Zemach. Next year Little, Brown published her work with another writer, Take a Giant Step by Hannelore Hahn.
Target Audience: Interest age level : Ages 8 and up.
Description: 31 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Margot Zemach
Responsibility: written and illustrated by Margot Zemach.


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