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Garrity, Linda K. 1947-

Garrity, Linda K. 1947-

PERSONAL:

Born August 8, 1947; daughter of Howard and Jean Mosman; married Patrick Garrity, June 27, 1968; children: Meghan, Bonnie Garrity McLean. Education: University of Northern Iowa, B.A., 1969; University of Colorado, M.A., 1971. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Roman Catholic.

ADDRESSES:

Home—Englewood, CO.

CAREER:

Cherry Creek Schools, Englewood, CO, media specialist, 1972-2007.

WRITINGS:

The Gingerbread Guide: Using Folktales with Young Children, Good Year Books (Glenview, IL), 1987.

Fabulous Fables: Using Fables with Children, illustrated by Jackie Moore, Good Year Books (Glenview, IL), 1991.

After the Story's Over: Your Enrichment Guide to 88 Read-aloud Children's Classics, Good Year Books (Glenview, IL), 1991.

The Tale Spinner: Folktales, Themes, and Activities, illustrated by Emilia Markovich, Fulcrum Resources (Golden, CO), 1999.

SIDELIGHTS:

Linda K. Garrity once commented: "I have tried with my writing career to reach children through their classroom teachers and media specialists. My books are filled with rewritten folk literature from around the world and enriched with a wide array of extension activities for instructors to use with each of the tales.

"The old tales are still exciting for today's children, but are sometimes overlooked in schools because of the availability and appeal of quality contemporary literature and also because of the demands of curriculum. By linking literature to meaningful writing, art, and drama activities, I have tried to encourage the integration of literature into the elementary school curriculum.

"I am excited by the current publication of beautifully illustrated books of folk literature for children. These books build children's awareness of the rich folklore tradition handed down through the ages by a wide range of cultures."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

School Library Journal, February, 2000, Edith Ching, review of The Tale Spinner: Folktales, Themes, and Activities, p. 147.

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