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Helen Sewell

Author, Illustrator, Editor, Compiler

(1896 - 1957)

Helen Sewell

Helen Sewell was a children’s book illustrator and author. She won a 1955 Caldecott Honor for The Thanksgiving Story and illustrated several Newbery Honor novels. Some of her papers were donated to the University of Minnesota.



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ABC for Everyday (1930)

An ABC picture book.

Author(s): Helen Sewell
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Ann Frances (1935)

A story about the everyday doings of a five year old girl.

Author(s): Eliza Orne White
Illustrator(s): Grace Paull
Helen Sewell

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Away Goes Sally (1934)

In this first book about Sally she journeys from Massachusetts to Maine over the snow in a house on runners.

Author(s): Elizabeth Coatsworth
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Azor (1948)

Azor can talk to the animals, but no one believes him until …

Author(s): Maude Crowley
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Azor and the Blue-Eyed Cow (1951)

The blue-eyed cow has her own idea of how a cow should behave and only Azor understands her. And yes, there is a Santa Claus.

Author(s): Maude Crowley
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Azor and the Haddock (1949)

Azor, the boy who talks to the animals, catches a haddock, which he wants to keep as a pet, but the fish is not interested.

Author(s): Maude Crowley
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Baby Island (1937)

When a ferocious storm hits their ship, young Mary and Jean become stranded on a deserted island. With them are four babies.

Author(s): Carol Ryrie Brink
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The Bears on Hemlock Mountain (1952)

The bears were nowhere to be seen when Jonathan went over the mountain, but it is getting dark as he starts on his return journey.

1953

Author(s): Alice Dalgliesh
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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A Bee in Her Bonnet (1944)

A young girl living on a farm in Nebraska takes up apiculture.

1944

Author(s): Eva M. Kristoffersen
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Belinda the Mouse (1944)

Peter and Judy have an almost-grown-up older sister, who does not appreciate it when they play with her things.

Author(s): Helen Sewell
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Belinda the Mouse and Peggy and the Pup (1944)

Two stories in one volume.

Author(s): Helen Sewell
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The Big Green Umbrella (1944)

One day the big green umbrella sets out to see the world and travels to China and back.

Author(s): Elizabeth Coatsworth
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Birthdays for Robin (1943)

Robin asks and asks and finally gets a dog for his birthday.

Author(s): Helen Sewell
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Blue Barns: The Story of Two Big Geese and Seven Little Ducks (1933)

The little ducks learn to fly on their own.

Author(s): Helen Sewell
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The Blue-Eyed Lady (1942)

Pip and Nanny’s mother is an angel in heaven. A Christmas story.

1942

Author(s): Ferenc Molnár
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Bluebonnets For Lucinda (1934)

Lucinda live on an island of the coast of Texas and comes to the mainland when the bluebonnets are in bloom.

1934

Author(s): Frances Clarke Sayers
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Boat Children of Canton (1944)

A brother and sister displaced by the war in China go in search of their family.

1944

Author(s): Marion B. Ward
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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A Book of Myths: Selections from Bulfinch’s Age of Fable (1942)

Thirty classic myths from Greece.

Author(s): Thomas Bulfinch
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The Brave Bantam (1946)

A hen goes all out for the War Production Board in World War II.

Author(s): Louise H. Seaman
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Broomstick and Snowflake (1933)

Broomstick the tanner’s son falls in love with Snowflake the giant’s daughter but must rescue her from the gnomes before he can make her his wife in this Norwegian fairy tale.

Author(s): Johan Falkberget
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Building a House in Sweden (1931)

An illustrated look at how they build houses in Sweden.

Author(s): Marjorie Sewell Cautley
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939)

Pa takes a job on the railroad and move Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie and Grace to the Dakota Territory where they spend the winter in a surveyor’s shanty.

1940

Author(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): Mildred Boyle
Helen Sewell

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Chloe Marr (1946)

A young woman’s life in London on stage and in the world of publishing.

Author(s): A. A. Milne
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Christmas Magic (1944)

Come spend Christmas Eve in a toy shop with Santa.

Author(s): James S. Tippett
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The Christmas Tree in the Woods (1932)

Based on a true story from Wiscasset, Maine.

Author(s): Susan Smith
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Cinderella (1934)

Cinderella’s godmother makes it possible for her to attend the prince’s ball, but she loses her glass slipper.

Author(s): Helen Sewell
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The Colonel’s Squad (1952)

A fictional account of an American Army Colonel who brings five Russian orphans home with him to America.

Author(s): Alf Evers
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The Cruise of the Little Dipper (1923)

A collection of original fairy tales. The author and illustrator were childhood friends. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Susanne K. Langer
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The Dream Keeper and Other Poems (1932)

A selection of poems by a famous Black American poet.

Author(s): Langston Hughes
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The Fair American (1940)

Sally’s Aunt Deborah is now married to Andrew’s father Captain Patterson. They all go on a voyage on the Fair American. In France they take on a cabin boy, Pierre.

Author(s): Elizabeth Coatsworth
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Farmer Boy (1933)

The story of Almanzo Wilder growing up with his brother Royal and his two sisters on a big farm in New York state.

Author(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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A First Bible (1934)

Selections from the King James version.

Author(s): Jean West Maury
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Five Bushel Farm (1939)

Andrew Patterson, a ship captain’s son from Boston comes to live with Sally and her aunt.

Author(s): Elizabeth Coatsworth
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The Golden Christmas Manger (1948)

A creche with cut out figures and a book containing the Christmas story.

Author(s): Helen Sewell
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Good Times Together (1958)

An anthology of stories and poems about children around the world for younger readers.

Author(s): Ludwig Bemelmans
Robert McCloskey
A. A. Milne
Helen Sewell
Et al
Illustrator(s): Ludwig Bemelmans
Robert McCloskey
Helen Sewell
Ernest H. Shepard
Et al

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Good Times Together (1958)

Includes Willie’s Pocket by Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Crockett Johnson reproduced in color. An anthology for younger children about people around the world.

Author(s): Ludwig Bemelmans
Margaret Wise Brown
Kenneth Grahame
Maj Lindman
A. A. Milne
Et al
Illustrator(s): Richard Bennett
Marjorie Flack
Crockett Johnson
Maurice Sendak
Helen Sewell
Et al

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A Head for Happy (1931)

Letty makes a doll out of a pillow, but what to do for a head? So the three sisters set out to travel the world to find Happy a head.

Author(s): Helen Sewell
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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In the Beginning (1954)

The creation story.

Author(s): Alf Evers
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Jane Eyre (1938)

Jane is abused as a child by her aunt and at school and develops a philosophy of radical self-centeredness. One of the first modern novels.

Author(s): Charlotte Brontë
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Jimmy and Jemima (1940)

When Jimmy joins the boy scouts, he no longer has time for his little sister Jemima until …

Author(s): Helen Sewell
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Little House in the Big Woods (1932)

In this, the first volume of her family saga, Laura Ingalls is living with her Ma and Pa, sisters Mary and Carrie in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, near Lake Pepin.

1932

Author(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Little House on the Prairie (1935)

In the second book of the Little House series, Pa takes the family and sets out for Indian Territory to stake a claim.

Author(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Little Town on the Prairie (1941)

In the seventh book of her biographical series, Laura is living with Ma, Pa, Mary, Carrie and Grace in De Smet and earns her teaching certificate.

1942

Author(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): Mildred Boyle
Helen Sewell

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The Long Winter (1940)

The Indians warn that there will be a hard winter so Pa moves Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie and Grace to his store building in town for the winter.

1941

Author(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): Mildred Boyle
Helen Sewell

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The Magic Hill and Other Stories (1937)

Six short stories by the author of Winnie the Pooh.

Author(s): A. A. Milne
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Menagerie (1928)

Poems, mainly about animals.

Author(s): Mary Britton Miller
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Ming and Mehitable (1936)

Mehitabe’s dog Ming is her best friend, but when she dresses him up like a doll he runs away.

Author(s): Helen Sewell
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Mr. Hermit Crab (1929)

A fairy tale about two young girls, a Malicious Fairy and a young giant, Mr. Hermit Crab.

Author(s): Mimpsy Rhys
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Mrs. McThing (1952)

Mrs. Howard V. Larue III, a very wealthy widow, makes a big mistake when she refuses to let Mimi, a little girl who claims her mother is a witch, play with her only son, Howay.

Author(s): Mary Chase
Illustrator(s): Madeleine Gekiere
Helen Sewell

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Old John (1936)

An Irish fairy tale.

Author(s): Máirín Cregan
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937)

In the fourth volume of her history Laura and the Ingalls family move to Minnesota and live in a dugout on the banks of Plum Creek.

1938

Author(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): Mildred Boyle
Helen Sewell

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Once There Was a Little Boy (1946)

The author’s imagination appears to have run away with her, but the pictures are well done.

Author(s): Dorothy Kunhardt
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Peggy and the Pony (1936)

Peggy’s mother takes her on vacation to France, but Peggy would rather be riding a pony.

Author(s): Helen Sewell
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Peter and Gretchen of Old Nuremberg (1935)

Two children living with their cat in Bavaria.

1935

Author(s): Viola M. Jones
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Pinocchio (1935)

The story of a wooden puppet who becomes a real boy. This edition has been shortened by the editor.

Author(s): Carlo Collodi
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Poems of Emily Dickinson (1952)

A generous selection from the work of the great American poet.

Author(s): Emily Dickinson
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Pride and Prejudice (1940)

When Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy refuses to dance with her Elizabeth Bennett is confirmed in her prejudice that he is filled with pride. On further acquaintance she is forced to revise her opinion.

Author(s): Jane Austen
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The Princess and the Apple Tree: And Other Stories (1937)

Six short stories, mainly about young children, verging on nonsense.

Author(s): A. A. Milne
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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A Round of Carols (1935)

Thirty-four carols for all the year round.

Author(s): Anonymous
T. Tertius Noble
Various
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Sally Gabble and the Fairies (1929)

When Sally Gabble traps a fairy in her garden, her troubles are just beginning.

Author(s): Miriam Clark Potter
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Secrets and Surprises (1951)

An elementary school reader.

Author(s): Irmengarde Eberle
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Sense and Sensibility (1957)

When Mrs. Dashwood and her three daughters find themselves in realtive poverty with only the income of ten thousand pounds ($100,000 per year in current money) to live on, she determines to move to a different part of the country, near a cousin who offers them a suitable residence at a small rent. The elder Miss Dashwood is already in love and her younger sister soon contrives to fall in love as well.

Author(s): Jane Austen
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Shark! Shark! (1934)

An early account of sport fishing for shark.

Author(s): Lt. Horace S. Mazet
Captain William E. Young
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Story Parade A Collection of Modern Stories for Boys and Girls (1936)

This story collection includes ‘The Brave Automobiles’ by Antoniorrobles with illustrations by William Pene du Bois.

Author(s): Emily Dickinson
William Pène du Bois
Antonio Robles
Et al
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois
Lois Lenski
Helen Sewell
Lynd Ward
Et al

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Tag-Along Tooloo (1941)

Tooloo is too little to play with the big girls, but she still wants to tag-along.

Author(s): Frances Clarke Sayers
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Ten Saints (1936)

Brief lives of ten saints, including Francis, Christopher and Patrick.

Author(s): Eleanor Farjeon
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The Thanksgiving Story (1954)

A retelling of the story of the Pilgrims’ first thanksgiving.

1955

Author(s): Alice Dalgliesh
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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These Happy Golden Years (1943)

In the eighth book of her biography Laura Ingalls becomes Mrs. Almanzo Wilder.

1944

Author(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): Mildred Boyle
Helen Sewell

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The Three Kings of Saba (1955)

The story of the three wise men who traveled to Bethlehem.

Author(s): Alf Evers
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Three Tall Tales (1947)

Three tall tales about lazy animals and their owners.

Author(s): Elena Eleska
Helen Sewell
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Where is Adelaide? (1933)

Adelaide is an orphan girl who is such a handful she is passed from relative to relative, ending up with her mother’s best friend.

Author(s): Eliza Orne White
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The White Horse (1942)

Voyaging on the Fair American to Genoa, Sally, Andrew and Captain Patterson are captured by Moroccan pirates.

Author(s): Elizabeth Coatsworth
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The Wonderful Day (1946)

Sally and Andrew must rally around to save Five Bushel Farm.

Author(s): Elizabeth Coatsworth
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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Words to the Wise: A Book of Proverbs for Boys and Girls (1932)

An illustrated selection of proverbs.

Author(s): The Bible
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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The Young Brontës: Charlotte and Emily, Branwell and Anne (1938)

A history of the Brontë siblings between 1825 and 1830.

1938

Author(s): Mary Louise Jarden
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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