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Helen Dean Fish


(1889 - 1953)

Helen Dean Fish

Helen Dean Fish was born in Long Island in New York. She attended Wesley College, then taught at a private school for girls in North Carolina. She was hired by Fredrick A. Stoke’s publishing company in 1917, where she would work at for the rest of her life.

Fish started out as a manuscript reader; however, several years later she was made the company’s first children’s book editor.

For Animals of the Bible, Fish collected verses from the King James Version of the Bible. She chose Dorothy P. Lathrop to illustrate her book. It won the Caldecott Medal in 1938.

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Animals of the Bible a Picture Book (1937)

Selections from the Bible with illustrations of the animals described.

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Author(s): Helen Dean Fish
Illustrator(s): Dorothy P. Lathrop

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Best in Children’s Books Volume 19A (1967)

An assortment of stories, poems and articles, some of which have new illustrations. In this later edition, Flipper to the Rescue substitutes for Rip Van Winkle.

Author(s): Margery Williams Bianco
Charles E. Carryl
Eleanor Estes
Helen Dean Fish
Frances Clarke Sayers
Et al
Illustrator(s): Paul Galdone
Robin Jacques
Grace Paull
Peter Spier
Et al

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds (1937)

This is a compilation of longer traditional nonsense verse such as The Robber Kitten and Frog Went A-Courting. Many are quite violent.

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Author(s): Helen Dean Fish
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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