"Sid Fleischman, a Newbery Award-winning author who never set out to write for children but flung himself into the field on a dare..."
sid is my favorite author ever he made ret books so wonderfullove them for years to come now I read it to my grandkids
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This website is great! I got lots of information about Sid Fleischmann! I learned that Sid Fleischmann served in a military branch! Also, I was reading the "Great Horn Spoon" at school and did a study to it too! The book was so good with lot's off similes and metaphors!
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I was a little girl when a magazine for children in Iran published The Ghost in the Noonday Sun. After 22 years, I suddenly remembered the story, the joy of following it every week and the excitement of reading so I started surfing the net for the author. It is a regret he had passed away. I wish I had read some more books of him when I was a child, though I think none of his books had been translated too Persian except this one.
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As a middle school literacy tutor, who works primarily with boys labeled (as Sid once was)'reluctant readers,' my routine involves reading aloud a single chapter from The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life (Sid's Autobiography), at the close of every session - an activity they unanimously enjoy. What an amazing way to model the literary devices Sid mastered, while also learning about the experiences that led to his career as a prolific writer and beloved author! I never fail to hammer the point that - for Sid, it all began with reading!
My goal is that these youngsters appreciate - not only his skill at breathing life into words on a page, but Sid Fleishman's remarkable life itself - a story most assuredly more fascinating than fiction.
My common refrain when editing student work has become- "Would Sid ever describe that so simply?"
I will do my part to help the 'Abracadabra Kid's' legacy endure!
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I was just thinking how nice it would be to see Jim Ugly made into a movie (perhaps a made for TV movie). Any chance of that happening?
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I met Mr. Fleischman in 1962, introduced by my grandmother Blanche Campbell, who owned a bookstore with my grandfather in Westwood Village, CA. I was 8 years old. Mr. F had just finished Mr. Mysterious and Co. I had been given a set of basic magic tricks for my birthday, and Mr. F taught me the "French drop", from which I have gotten many a mile over the years. He was kind, generous and encouraging to me, and he is one of those few people that have stood out in my memory ever since. After reading "By the Great Horn Spoon" to my 10 year old daughter, I thought what a great movie the story would make, so I called the old phone number at the Santa Monica house on a whim and wouldn't you know it, Mr. Fleischman answered himself! This was in 1997, and he recognized my name. "Oh the bookstore kid", he said. Wow. Double wow. He told me Disney had bought the rights and made a very disappointing film of it. We had a wonderful chat. I am glad he lived such a rich and productive life. My own life was blessed by him in a lasting way for which I am grateful. I wish his family well.
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I just finished reading Sid's book on Houdini. I used it as research for a column I wrote in the Santa Monica Daily Press in which I mentioned Houdini's movie "The Grim Game" which was filmed here in 1919. I loved Sid's book and was looking forward to trying to communicate with him since it appears he lived in S.M. as well. I was saddened he had passed. But what a life.
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When I taught, I would read "Whipping Boy" aloud and have students draw the images of the similes and metaphors that formed in their mind. Fast forward years later and I can't help myself but to reach out and pause the audio book of "Houdini" to repeat Mr. Fleischman's phrases and giggle with my children at the images we conjure. Thank you for that gift.
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I discovered Sid two days ago when I was in the local library, biography section, and saw a book about my favorite person, Charlie Chaplin. I have the book at home now, have read only a little of, wanted to contact Sid and ask him "why Charlie for a subject?"... and then I see the sad situation with his passing. I feel as though I missed a chance to connect with a wonderful and talented man, and the world is a little bit sadder without him. My thoughts are with his family. As often as I used to get to LA, when I was in the ad business (yes, a Mad Man), how cool it would have been to connect with Sid. Now I will do it through his books. Peace.
I never met this man but he seems to have a real grip on the realities of life. If not for his wonderful truthfulness and talented way to keep the reader interested he would not have been blessed with such wonderful honors. I hope he may rest and peace. My prayers are with his friends and family.
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