When I was in grad school for elementary education I was required to do an author study on one of my favorite children’s book authors. I chose Eve Bunting. I wanted to share what I wrote with you all. I recommend reading any Eve Bunting book with children aged 8+. The stories are long and tackle serious and sometimes difficult issues. The reason I recommend her books to age 8+ is because children of this age are able to express their feelings, show empathy, and discuss deep rooted issues.
Author Study: Eve Bunting
Why I selected Eve Bunting:
I selected the author Eve Bunting for her passion of writing a variety of books for children. What I love about Bunting’s writing is her ability to address difficult issues in an inspiring and beautiful way. Some issues addressed in her writing include racial prejudice, death, troubled families, and war.
Biographical of Eve Bunting:
Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and moved to California where she began her writing career. Bunting wanted to share her thoughts and experiences with children of all ages. She wrote over 250 books which include picture books, novels, and nonfiction. Her first book was a retelling of the folktale, The Two Giants. She has won multiple book awards; she won The Golden Kite Award in 1976 for One More Flight. Coffin on a Case won Mystery Writers of America Award in 1993. In 1995, her book Smoky Night, Illustrated by David Diaz, won the Caldecott medal. In 2006, her book One Green Apple won the Arab American Book Award.
Bibliography of books and Analysis of works:
One Candle, Illustrated by K. Wendy Popp, is a beautifully illustrated story about a family who comes together on the first night of Hanukkah every year to carry on a tradition of hallowing out a potato to symbolize one candle. As grandma hollows out a potato she retells the story of her experience as a 12-year-old in Buchenwald, when she risked her life to steal a potato to create one Hanukkah candle.
Train to Somewhere, Illustrated by Ronald Rimler, is the inspirational true story of 14 orphan children who travel west on a train dreaming of a better life. The orphan train is real; however the names of the orphans and cities visited are fictional.
Fly Away Home, Illustrated by Ronald Himler, is a story about a father and a son. They are homeless and live in an airport. A metaphor in the story is of a bird who is stuck in an airport for a few days until a door is open and it flies free. “Sometimes I just want to cry. I think Dad and I will be here forever. Then I remember the bird. It took a while, but a door opened. And when the bird left, when it flew free, I know it was singing.”
In the Haunted House, Illustrated by Susan Meddaugh, is a story filled with “creepy” rhymes. “This is the house where the scary ones hide. Open the door and step softly inside.”
The Wall, Illustrated by Ronald Himler, is about a father and his son visiting the Vietnam Veteran’s memorial to find grandfather’s name on the wall. “There are so many names. They are listed under the years when they were killed. I’ve found 1967, that’s when my grandpa died.”