Author Study - Pat Hutchins
Come explore Pat Hutchins book The Wind Blew as our featured StoryWalk® during the month of April!
Pat Hutchins, one of seven children, was born in Yorkshire, England and grew up in the surrounding countryside. She knew from a very young age she wanted to be an artist and was encouraged by an elderly couple who would give her a chocolate bar for each picture she drew. A local art school offered her a scholarship and she studied there for three years, continuing her training at Leeds College of Art, where she specialized in illustration. Her career as a children’s author began in 1968 with the highly acclaimed Rosie’s Walk. Since then she has written five novels and created more than twenty-five picture books.
The other day, I cuddled up with my two granddaughters and several of Pat Hutchins' amazing books. We began with Rosie's Walk. As we read, we memorized the grocery list along with Rosie and remembered to “not forget the bacon.” In The Doorbell Rang, we learned about the drama of sharing as the dozen of cookies baked by Ma had to be divided into smaller and smaller portions. We finished with Don’t Forget the Bacon. My granddaughters loved all three books and asked to keep them to enjoy later with the rest of their family. In other words, they awarded the books the “Grandchildren Seal of Approval.”
Pat Hutchins’ popularity with my grandchildren was expected. Her books are easy to read and filled with bright, colorful, funny, and interesting ideas. Pat Hutchins is an award winning author with a legacy of over 40 picture books and several novels. She lives on each time we enjoy and treasure one of her books.
- Patty Cassella, Learning Experience Specialist
P.S. Selections of Pat Hutchins’ writing are available in the Literacy Tree House. Please feel free to enjoy them in our cozy Story Nest or follow the Story Walk through the exhibit.