Pardon our dust.  This Itty Bitty Blog is heading to sunny side up climes.  Every decade or so it's time to hit the trail.  Thank you for your faithful or misguided  arrival at this blog.  I would be delighted if you stopped in at my new blog, CollageMama's Hearty Breakfast Blog.  The first post is  here 

© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder aka CollageMama


Mental health with feathers

Hope is the thing with feathers, according to Emily Dickinson.  A good walk with birds is the thing for my mental outlook. So much to do at home, but the dark rainy morning had changed to a gorgeous sunny afternoon. The sunshine grasped me in her talons and dragged me through the bright blue sky to the trailhead at Renner Road and US 75.
Mockingbird, juvenile.

Greeted by a woodpecker. Under the watch of a kestrel. A red tail hawk circled overhead. A mockingbird posed. Mallards bickered and bullied in Spring Creek under the highway.

Bad boy mallards
Kestrel photo good enough for an ID.

Odd, loud, buzzy, rattled bird calls tantalized me as I got closer to the US 75/190 George Bush tollway interchange.
Kingfishers avoid paparazzi

The buzzy calls led to a pair of kingfishers on a telephone wire above the creek, but under the highways. No mistaking the shape of the kingfishers, or the glorious blue when they swooped along the creek declining to be photographed by the paparazzi.

Teeny brown birds in a budding tree consented to photos but declined to be identified. On the way back I spotted a heron looking scruffy near a heap of trashed grocery carts.

Something was bothering me earlier.  I wonder what it was... besides the ugly grocery carts.

© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder


Rose-scented handkerchief

Started this month searching for a rose-themed Valentine's Day art project for my young students. Inspiration arrived with the International Quilt Studies Center and Museum "Quilt of the Month" email.  You can search on IQSC's website by keyword, so I looked at lots of rose quilts from various eras.  I made a collection of my favorites that you can view here.

After more googling, I found the rose image to the left that made the art project click into place. The children were very excited about their rose art. It made a nice gift for their families on Valentine's Day.

We dyed coffee filters in liquid watercolors.  These are not, I repeat, not made from pastel scented Kleenex. Oh, that favorite kiddie craft of the Sixties! My mom used to get so ticked off when we used expensive Kleenex for something other than sneezes. Yes, people actually carried cloth handkerchiefs when I was a kid. Washed them. Ironed them! That's how little girls learned to iron. Little boys did not learn to iron in the Sixties!  At birthday parties we played Drop-the-Handkerchief, and Ring-Around-the-Rosy.

We've come a long way, baby, except we make twice as much waste per person as we did in 1960. The average American makes 7.1 pounds of trash a day. Some of my preschoolers make that much just in tissues, toilet paper, Pull-Ups, and juice boxes.  Alas.  Thanks to Edward Humes' Garbology for the statistics.

And thanks to Marie Hall Ets for one of my favorite read-aloud picture books of all time, In the Forest. I wish it would be republished, perhaps as a board book.  Rose still rhymes with nose, the original reason for the art class theme.

© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder


We interrupt our program of dance music

No, this is not coming to you from the Meridian Room of the Park Plaza Hotel in New York City. It's just an itty bitty pulp week here in north Texas. First, I was introduced to the entertaining Pulp-O-Mizer cover maker website. Find your own inner mad scientist or grab your ray gun!*

Amazing Wonder Stories is a book we kids read at the breakfast table all about worms of THE FUTURE.  Nothing like a bowl of two shredded wheat biscuits with two heaping teaspoons of white sugar floating in the bluish skim milk to start the day right.  KFOR Radio droned the local news and farm report in the background as the "shattered wheat" slowly changed from inedible haystack to incredible Blob.

Home from school for lunch we sit on the tile floor of the basement at the house next door drinking Chocolate Quik, eating hot dogs or tuna fish sandwiches, and watching Twilight Zone reruns. Giant ants. Black and white tv.  Alien abductions. Worse, the dark laundry room and wood shop workbench behind the curtained doorway. You get scared, kid, you gotta go upstairs to the bathroom and risk meeting the irritable mother of the house.

Jump into the time machine, boys and girls, and travel with me to THE PRESENT DAY.  Enter the circular parking lot at a favorite park in your cream puff low-mileage used car. Only later will we realize how obvious    a landing site this is for armies of revenge-seeking giant Frosted Mini-Wheats from outer space.

Yes, the disciplined invaders began their march from the circle's center. It is important to note that this estimate is preliminary, and may be revised as more data is obtained.

We interrupt this cereal take-over report with a special bulletin:



NASA says the meteor hit is unrelated to the asteroid miss. Yes, the last two are real, but don't let your cereal get soggy. Don't say you weren't warned.

* Being of a certain age, Reagan always made me think of ray guns.

© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder


You must change your purse.

Rilke did not say that. Mom said, "Don't spend all your money on a purse, as you will have nothing to carry in it." Mom also bought me a "good leather purse" when I got married, predicting accurately that it would be a very long time before I could afford to buy another.

I did not spend all my money on this life-changing purse, but I can fit pretty much all my retirement savings inside it. And archaic Apollo would go for the cross-body strap.

It is indeed time to change my life. I need to hit the road and travel lighter. I need to get out of Dodge and go west. Wish I could take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints, but a condo is not so easy to shed, especially full of so much....  So envious of the caterpillar that makes a chrysalis and emerges to fly away.

© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder


Survivor--100 Days of School

Happy, happy one hundredth day of school!  We made it! May I not see ten groups of ten Cocoa Puffs for another year.  I am so very counted out. When I ground the coffee beans this morning I forgot to stop at my usual 28, and was still grinding at sixty!  Oops.

This week the students brought in "collections" of one hundred items to practice counting and grouping.

Packing peanuts wiggle when lined up.

We have counted:
  • Legos
  • Hot Wheels
  • Pennies
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Beads
  • Jigsaw puzzle pieces
  • Drinking straws
  • Crayons
  • Jelly beans
  • Popcorn
  • Angry Bird cookies
  • Animal crackers
  • Cocoa Puffs
  • Cheetos, for crying out loud
  • Mixed crackers
  • Feathers
  • Pompoms

Marthe Jocelyn's book, Hannah's Collections, helps kids consider the idea of saving items. Other books focus on the counting and the excitement of bringing a group of objects to preschool. Hannah in the book is not a hoarder, although I question the accumulation of sticky popsicle sticks. Wish I could remember what book featured a boy saving chicken drumsticks in his sock drawer!

I'm not a hoarder, I'm just disorganized and hesitant to throw things away! Maybe I've spent my whole life accumulating items to take to school on the hundredth day. My dad wasn't a large scale tv-worthy hoarder.  He was more of a mini fast food condiment collector. My frail 89-year-old neighbor isn't so much a hoarder as too unsteady to go to the dumpster and too proud to ask for help.

Parents don't seem to send their kids out in the yard or park to collect acorns, juniper berries, clover flowers, or maple seed helicopters. In my childhood I could have taken a hundred foil potpie pans to school.

The hundredth day of school for grown-ups:

Four rows of ten hangers plus six rows of ten pickles equal one hundred.

Four rows of ten red wiggler worms do not cooperate.

Ten rows of ten wine corks can't go to school!

© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder


A heart-shaped Slinky, a jug of wine and thou

My mission:

To create a tiny poem based on the structure in Cynthia Rylant's book, If You'll Be My Valentine. The poem  will be attached to heart-shaped Slinky toys for students.  And then, of course, the tape will self-destruct.

Time is ticking down, and the theme from Mission Impossible is messing with my heart beats. It's syncopated with the original Slinky song from 1960s television commercials

If you'll be my valentine
I'll  dum de dum de dum
I'll dum de dum
and dum de dum
and dum de doodle dum.

My mission is doomed!

A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread,--and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness--
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder


Obituary for the iron

Fans of the Monopoly iron wept in their beers tonight after Hasbro announced that game piece was voted off the board. There were no reports of protests or rioting, but my choreographer sister expressed fans' indignation in a text message:

This is an outrage. The iron slid across the board with grace.

So well said.  It's unlikely my epitaph will be so uplifting.  It will probably be more like:

She languished half-charred in the greasy hell at the bottom of the stove burner drip pan.

My little students are unlikely to be able to identify an iron, steam or flat.  They don't even know the word "stove".

The Monopoly iron slid along the board, as did the cannon.  The other pieces had to be tapped along to count out one's roll of the dice. I flopped down on the floor and peered under the bed, but my Sixties era Monopoly game was not there.  Seems like after Norton the rabbit hopped under the bed to nibble the box and eat the $500 bills I moved the game somewhere "safer".  But where?  Probably under the stairs and beneath the boxed up fake Christmas tree.  I blog for truth, freedom, and vintage game board pieces, but I'm not moving the sofa to haul out the Christmas tree to find Monopoly.

Clue was under the bed instead. Will we be voting to change the deadly weapons next? Or will we send Colonel Mustard into exile?

On a different tack, my tie dye experiment results were underwhelming.

© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder

Stockholm Octavo

Picked up roses for today's art class at Albertson's. This one is an intriguing smoky salmon red. The children won't like it, but I couldn't resist. Three to nine year olds prefer the glaring colors I call Walmart Purple and Target Pink, preferably with sequins and leopard prints.

I've read several books since I finished Karen Engelmann's Stockholm Octavo, but that is the one staying in my mind.  The patterns of the octavo, a type of fortune telling with cards, are much like patterns in quilt blocks and even tie dye.  Tie dye being my other project of the moment.

This is the first time I've tried pulling basting threads on a dye project.

© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder


Red roses for a blue lady

 Art class plan for next two Wednesdays
Theme  roses
 rhyming noses
Valentine-zy without being Valentine's
Valentine-ish without smooching or Saint
Please no movie product tie-in Happy Meal toys
A rose by any other name
would smell as sweet
Peppermint tea remember
when white paste was to eat

A dozen for counting
a horse for Robert
the Rose Horse
but No Roses for Harry
that dirty dog

My luxurious gift

what girl can resist
a $313 Buick window regulator
sure beats a push-up bra
from Montgomery Ward

Pull out the old wallpaper sample books
All those princesses pricking their fingers on thorns
Outlook less Gypsy than Grimm


© 2013  Nancy L. Ruder


So far behind I cain't get caught up

Shuffle/ Don't even know where to start, so I'll just swagger into this saloon and sit myself in the corner with my back up to the wall.  You know how to deal?  Cut the deck.

I do not have enough patience stored up in my lifetime account to teach any more children to play card games unless those kids are brilliant, well-mannered, good sports, and therefore direct descendants.  Deal clockwise.

Wild Bill, my ancient next door neighbor, is in the hospital. I don't know if he will ever return to his condo. Wild Bill is like a shadow of my dad, Howie.  If this is Bill's exit event, I pray he can leave with most of his wits and much of his dignity. Go fish.

© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder


Bringing the car around

1954 Chevy Bel-Air
I want to thank the owner of this antique 1954 Chevy for having brunch at Corner Bakery. What a gorgeous sight in shiny brown and white! Couldn't resist taking some photos, as there can't be all that many still out on the roads.

Howie and Fritz bought their '54 Chevy from the dealer in Pierce, Nebraska after they took driving lessons.  It was their first car, and the only vehicle they ever bought new.  It was a "pea green" two door Chevy.

After brunch I had missions and errands, an expiring Arboretum membership and expiring shoe store bonus points to tackle. Clicked on WRR, 101.1, Dallas' wonderful classical music station to find an all Mozart playlist for Wolfie's birthday. Suddenly one recording plunged me back a year. There I was sitting at Howie's bedside along with the hospice nurse. Each of us making our own sorts of notations as we watched Dad slowly fail accompanied by Mozart's birthday playlist on WRR.

In one of our dementia rabbit hole conversations, Dad demanded I open his room window then bring the Caddie around.  When I pulled up in the Caddie, Dad planned to climb out the window.  Together we would light out for parts unknown.

light out
(intr, adverb) Informal to depart quickly, as if being chased
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

Dad did not depart quickly. The hospice nurse and I waited, breathed, prayed, drifted, until it was no longer Mozart's birthday.  I wrapped the cord around the small radio and placed it in a bag.

© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder

Childhoods of Mediocre Americans

A girl and  her needle-nose pliers : a biography for young readers / by CollageMama.

This week I unjammed my document shredder with those needle-nose pliers.  Pretty pleased with myself.  True, if I didn't feed peculiar materials for worm compost bedding and/or mixed media collages into the machine it would work better. Then the diamond-cut shredder at work jammed, and I applied my new expertise and a liberal dose of shredder lubricant to the task.

I don't have a team of rivals or the art of power. Young kids have many over-achieving role models, with or without steroids. The first time a child gets a happy face sticker for folding his/her nap blanket, we are pondering future greatness. Never mind that blanket folding has not been accompanied by a reduced amount of digital nasal exploration, or a remembrance of things to be flushed, but I digress.

In Mrs. Ahlschwede's third grade class we read the Bobbs Merrill "Childhoods of Famous Americans" formulaic biographies.  Then we recorded the titles on lined 3x5 notecards in our very best new cursive handwriting.  Abigail Adams and Jane Addams were dull, depressing books, but I kept working my way through the alphabet picking up reading speed and comprehension.  When I was plucking books off the shelf it seemed that every female was either rolling hoops down cobble streets or wearing hoop skirts.  I couldn't even hula hoop.

Fast forward to Bernie Madoff : Young Ponzi Schemer.  I'm evaluating subtitles for my new series of deadly dull early reader chapter biographies. 
  • : Crockpot Girl of Old Nebraska
  • : Finder of Lost Fisher Price Chickens
  • : Hot Glue Sharpshooter
  • : Sight of Blood Fainter
  • : Young Letter Writer 
  • : Future Blogger
  • : Chex Mix Maven

I've never tried to insert an Excel document into a blog before. These are the 180 titles I've compiled so far for the Bobbs Merrill series, Childhoods of Famous Americans. Perhaps it will save some other obsessed person a long search.  Or it will suggest a new subtitle.

Abigail Adams A Girl of Colonial Days Jean Brown Wagoner 1961 Adams, Abigail
John Quincy Adams Boy Patriot  Anne Weil Adams, John Q.
JANE ADDAMS,  Little Lame Girl  Addams, J
Louisa Alcott Girl of Old Boston  Jean Brown Wagoner Alcott, Louisa
John Alden Young Puritan Olive W. Burt Alden, J
Ethan Allen  Green Mountain Boy  Gertrude Hecker Winders Allen, Ethan
Susan Anthony Girl Who Dared Helen Albee Monsell Anthony, S
Louis Armstrong,   Young Music Maker Dharathula Millender Armstrong, L
John Jacob Astor Boy Trader Dorothy S. Anderson Astor, J
Crispus Attucks Boy of Valor Dharathula Millender Attucks, Crispus
YOUNG AUDUBON Boy Naturalist Audubon, John James
P.T. Barnum Circus Boy Augusta Stevenson Barnum, P
Clara Barton Girl Nurse Augusta Stevenson Barton, Clara
ELIZABETH BLACKWELL Girl Doctor Joanne Landers Henry 1949 Blackwell, Elizabeth
Daniel Boone Boy Hunter Augusta Stevenson Boone, Daniel
Jim Bowie,   Boy with a Hunting Knife Gertrude Hecker Winders Bowie, J
William Bradford Pilgrim Boy Bradford Smith Bradford, W
Anne Bradstreet Young Puritan Poet Montrew Dunham Bradstreet, Anne
Jim Bridger Mountain Boy Gertrude Hecker Winders Bridger, J
Luther Burbank Boy Wizard Burbank, L
Richard Byrd Boy of the South Pole Guernsey Van Riper, Jr. Byrd, R
Andrew Carnegie Young Steelmaker Joanne Landers Henry Carnegie, Andrew
Kit Carson Boy Trapper Augusta Stevenson Carson, K
George Carver Boy Scientist Augusta Stevenson Carver, G
Walter Chrysler Boy Machinist Ethel H. Weddle Chrysler, W
George Rogers Clark Boy of the Old Northwest  Katharine E. Wilkie Clark, George R
Will Clark Boy in Buckskins Katharine E. Wilkie Clark, W
Henry Clay Young Kentucky Orator  Helen Albee Monsell Clay, H
Mark Twain Boy of Old Missouri Miriam E. Mason Clemens, S
DeWitt Clinton Boy Builder Mabel Cleland Widdemer Clinton, DeWitt
BUFFALO BILL Frontier Daredevil Augusta Stevenson 1948 Cody, William
James Fenimore Cooper Leatherstocking Boy Gertrude Hecker Winders Cooper, J
Davy Crockett Young Rifleman Aileen Wells Parks Crockett, Davy
GEORGE CUSTER Boy of Action Augusta Stevenson Custer, G
Virginia Dare Mystery Girl Augusta Stevenson Dare, V
Jeff Davis Confederate Boy Lena Young deGrummond Davis, J
Stephen Decatur Gallant Boy  Bradford Smith Decatur, S
John Deere Blacksmith Boy Margaret Bare Deere, J
Lee DeForest Electronics Boy Lavinia Dobler DeForest, L
Cecil B. DeMille Young Dramatist  Hortense Myers  DeMille, Cecil B.
George Dewey Vermont Boy Laura Long Dewey, G
Babe Didrickson Girl Athlete  Lena Young deGrummond  Didrickson, Babe
Joe DiMaggio Young Sports Hero Herb Dunn DiMaggio, J
Walt Disney Young Movie Maker Marie Hammontree Disney, W
Dorothea Dix Girl Reformer Grace Hathaway Melin Dix, Dorothea
Mary Mapes Dodge Jolly Girl Miriam E. Mason Dodge, M
Abner Doubleday Young Baseball Pioneer  Montrew Dunham Doubleday, Abner
Frederick Douglass Boy Champion of Human Rights Elisabeth P. Myers Douglass, F
AMELIA EARHART Young Aviator Beatrice Gromley Earheart, Amelia
Amelia Earhart  Kansas Girl Jane Moore Howe Earheart, Amelia
George Eastman Young Photographer  Joanne Landers Henry Eastman, G
THOMAS A EDISON Young Inventor Sue Guthridge 1947 Edison, Thomas
ALBERT EINSTEIN Young Thinker Marie Hammontree 1961 Einstein, Albert
Dwight D. Eisenhower Young Military Leader Eisenhower, Dwight D
Duke Ellington Young Music Master Martha Schaaf Ellington, Duke
William Fargo Boy Mail Carrier Katharine E. Wilkie Fargo, W
David Farragut Boy Midshipman Laura Long Farragut, David
Harvey S. Firestone Young Rubber Pioneer Adrian Paradis Firestone, H
John Fitch Steamboat Boy  Augusta Stevenson Fitch, J
Henry Ford Boy with Ideas Hazel B. Aird  Ford, H
Bedford Forrest Boy on Horseback Aileen Wells Parks Forrest, Bedford
STEPHEN FOSTER Boy Minstrel Helen Boyd Higgins Foster, Stephen
Ben Franklin Printer's Boy Augusta Stevenson Franklin, Benjamin
Jessie Fremont Girl of Capitol Hill  Jean Brown Wagoner Fremont, J
Robert Frost,   Boy with Promises to Keep Ellen Wilson Frost, R
Robert Fulton Boy Craftsman Marguerite Henry Fulton, R
LOU GEHRIG Boy to the Sand Lots Gehrig, Lou
George Gershwin Young Composer Bernice Bryant Gershwin, G
Robert Goddard  Pioneer Rocket Boy Clyde B. Moore Goddard, R
U.S. Grant Young Horseman Augusta Stevenson Grant, U
Nathanael Greene Independent Boy Howard Peckham Greene, N
Nathan Hale Puritan Boy Augusta Stevenson Hale, N
ALEC HAMILTON The Little Lion Helen Boyd Higgins Hamilton, Alexander
John Hancock New England Boy Cathrine Seward Cleven Hancock, J
Nancy Hanks Kentucky Girl  Augusta Stevenson Hanks, Nancy
Joel Chandler Harris Young Storyteller Ethel H. Weddle Harris, J
WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON  Young Tippecanoe Howard Peckham Harrison, William H.
Bret Harte Young Storyteller  Janet Branham Harte, Bret
Patrick Henry Boy Spokesman Thomas Frank Barton Henry, P
James J. Hill Young Empire Builder Mildred Houghton Comfort Hill, J
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, JR. Boy of Justice Montrew Dunham 1961 Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr.
HERBERT HOOVER  Boy Engineer Mildred H. Comfort 1965 Hoover, Herbert
Harry Houdini (Young Magician) Kathryn Kilby Borland Houdini, H
SAM HOUSTON Boy Chieftain Augusta Stevenson Houston, Sam
Elias Howe Inventive Boy Jean Corcoran Howe, E
Julia Ward Howe Girl of Old New York Jean Brown Wagoner Howe, J
Langston Hughes Young Black Poet Montrew Dunham Hughes, L
Washington Irving Boy of Old New York  Mabel Cleland Widdemer Irving, W
Andy Jackson Boy Soldier Augusta Stevenson Jackson, A
Rachel Jackson  Tennessee Girl  Christine Noble Govan Jackson, R
Tom Jackson  Young Stonewall Helen Albee Monsell Jackson, Thomas
TOM JEFFERSON A Boy in Colonial Days Helen Albee Monsell 1939 Jefferson, Thomas
Lyndon B. Johnson Young Texan Thomas Frank Barton Johnson, L
John Paul Jones Salt-Water Boy Dorothea J. Snow Jones, J
Chief Joseph Boy of the Nez Perce  Olive W. Burt Joseph
Helen Keller Handicapped Girl  Katharine E. Wilkie Keller, H
Francis Scott Key Maryland Boy Augusta Stevenson Key, F
Martin Luther King, Jr. Boy with a Dream  Dharathula H. Millender King, M
Robert E. Lee  Boy of Old Virginia Helen Albee Monsell Lee, R
John L. Lewis Young Militant Labor Leader George Gershon Korson Lewis, J
Meriwether Lewis Boy Explorer Charlotta M. Bebenroth Lewis, M
Liliuokalani Young Hawaiian Queen Shirlee Petkin Newman Liliuokalani
Abe Lincoln Frontier Boy  Augusta Stevenson Lincoln, Abraham
Mary Todd Lincoln Girl of the Bluegrass  Katharine E. Wilkie Lincoln, M
Robert Todd Lincoln President's Boy LaVere Anderson Lincoln, R
Vince Lombardi Young Football Coach  Hortense Myers Lombardi, V
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  Grace Hathaway Melin Longfellow, H
Juliette Low Girl Scout  Helen Boyd Higgins Low, J
Dolly Madison Quaker Girl Helen Albee Monsell Madison, Dolly
Francis Marion Young Swamp Fox  William O. Steele Marion, F
John Marshall Boy of Young America Helen Albee Monsell Marshall, J
Cyrus McCormick Farmer Boy Lavinia Dobler McCormick, Cyrus
William H. McGuffey Boy Reading Genius Barbara Williams McGuffey, W
Maria Mitchell Girl Astronomer Grace Hathaway Melin Mitchell, M
James Monroe Good Neighbor Boy Mabel Cleland Widdemer Monroe, J
Samuel Morse Inquisitive Boy Dorothea J. Snow Morse, S
J. Sterling Morton Arbor Day Boy Clyde B. Moore Morton, J
Lucretia Mott Girl of Old Nantucket  Constance Buel Burnett Mott, L
John Muir Young Naturalist  Montrew Dunham Muir, J
Edward R. Murrow Young Newscaster Hortense Myers Murrow, Edward
Annie Oakley Little Sure Shot  Ellen Wilson Oakley, Annie
Osceola Young Seminole Indian Electa Clark Osceola
Robert Peary Boy of the North Electa Clark Peary, R
WILLIAM PENN Friendly Boy Miriam E. Mason Penn, William
J. C. Penney Golden Rule Boy Wilma J. Hudson Penney, J
OLIVER HAZARD PERRY Boy of the Sea Laura Long Perry, O
Zeb Pike Boy Traveler Augusta Stevenson Pike, Z
Allan Pinkerton Young Detective Kathryn Borland Pinkerton, Allan
Molly Pitcher Girl Patriot Augusta Stevenson Pitcher, M
POCAHONTAS Brave Girl  Pocahontas
Pontiac Young Ottawa Leader Howard Henry Peckham Pontiac
JOSEPH PULITZER Boy Journalist  Pulitzer, J
George Pullman Young Sleeping Car Builder Elisabeth P. Myers Pullman, G
Walter Reed Boy Who Wanted to Know Helen Boyd Higgins Reed, W
Frederick Remington Young Artist  Clyde B. Moore Remington, F
PAUL REVERE Boy of Old Boston Augusta Stevenson 1946 Revere, Paul
James Whitcomb Riley Hoosier Boy  Minnie Belle Mitchell Riley, J
Knute Rockne Young Athlete Guernsey Van Riper, Jr. Rockne, K
WILL ROGERS Young Cowboy Guernsey Van Riper, Jr. Rogers, W
Eleanor Roosevelt Courageous Girl  Ann Weil Roosevelt, Eleanor
Franklin Roosevelt Boy of the Four Freedoms  Ann Weil Roosevelt, F
TEDDY ROOSEVELT Young Rough Rider  Edd Winfield Parks 1953 Roosevelt, Teddy
BETSY ROSS Girl of Old Philadelphia Ann Weil 1954 Ross, Betsy
Babe Ruth  Baseball Boy  Ruth, Babe
Sacagawea Bird Girl Flora Warren Seymour 1945 Sacagawea
Carl Sandburg,   Young Singing Poet Grace Hathaway Melin Sandburg, Carl
Sequoyah  Young Cherokee Guide Dorothea J. Snow Sequoyah
Sitting Bull Dakota Boy Augusta Stevenson Sitting Bull
John Smith Jamestown Boy Thomas Frank Barton Smith, J
Young Jed Smith Westering Boy Olive W. Burt Smith, Jed
John Philip Sousa Marching Boy Ann Weil Sousa, J
Squanto Young Indian Hunter Augusta Stevenson Squanto
Myles Standish Adventurous Boy Augusta Stevenson Standish, M
Adlai Stevenson Young Ambassador Ward, Martha E. Stevenson, Adlai
Harriet Beecher Stowe Connecticut Girl Mabel Cleland Widdemer Stowe, H
Jeb Stuart Boy in the Saddle Gertrude Hecker Winders Stuart, J
PETER STUYVESANT Boy With Wooden Shoes Stuyvesant
Zach Taylor Young Rough and Ready Katharine E. Wilkie Taylor, Z
Tecumseh Shawnee Boy Augusta Stevenson Tecumseh
Jim Thorpe Indian Athlete Guernsey Van Riper, Jr. Thorpe, J
Harry S Truman Missouri Farm Boy Wilma J. Hudson Truman, H
Harriet Tubman Freedom Girl Gertrude Hecker Winders Tubman, H
Lew Wallace Boy Writer Martha E. Schaaf Wallace, L
John Wanamaker Boy Merchant Olive W. Burt Wanamaker, J
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON Ambitious Boy Augusta Stevenson Washington, Booker T.
GEORGE WASHINGTON Young Leader Augusta Stevenson 1959 Washington, George
Martha Washington Girl of Old Virginia  Jean Brown Wagoner Washington, M
Anthony Wayne Daring Boy Augusta Stevenson Wayne, Anthony
Dan Webster Union Boy  Bradford Smith Webster, Daniel
Noah Webster Boy of Words Helen Boyd Higgins Webster, N
Benjamin West Gifted Young Painter  Dorothea J. Snow West, Benjamin
George Westinghouse Young Inventor  Montrew Dunham Westinghouse, G
Narcissa Whitman Pioneer Girl Ann Spence Warner Whitman, N
Eli Whitney Boy Mechanic Dorothea J. Snow Whitney, Eli
Kate Douglas Wiggin The Little Schoolteacher Miriam E. Mason Wiggin, K
WOODROW WILSON Boy President Helen Albee Monsell Wilson, W
F. W. Woolworth Five and Ten Boy Woolworth
WILBUR AND ORVILLE WRIGHT Young Fliers Augusta Stevenson Wright, Wilbur, Orville
Brigham Young Covered Wagon Boy Polly Carver Jordan Young, Brigham
JOHN PETER ZENGER Young Defender of Free Press  Zenger, J
© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder


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