Marie Hall Ets

1895 (1893?) - 1984

(1975 Kerlan Award)


The Kerlan Award is given "in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children's literature." The books listed below are owned by the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library.


Tarry, Ellen and Ets, Marie Hall. (1946). My dog Rinty. (Illustrated by Alexander and Alexandra Alland). New York : The Viking Press. PRIM-FIC T1923my

Rinty is the best cord and rug chewer in New York. This talent brings trouble until two people put it to good use.



Ets, Marie Hall. (1953). Another day. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC E855AN

A boy with a horn goes into the forest and joins in a competition among the animals in which each shows off its own special skill.

Ets, Marie Hall. (1967). Bad boy, good boy. New York : Crowell. PRIM-FIC E855BA

A lonely little Mexican boy gets into too much mischief until he goes to the Children's Center where he learns to play with other children and to speak English, and ultimately helps to bring his mother home.

Ets, Marie Hall. (1952). Beasts and nonsense. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC E855BE

A collection of thirty-eight verses that describe humorous events involving animals and people.

Ets, Marie Hall. (1944). In the forest; story and pictures . New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC E855IN

The animals join a young boy as he walks through the forest blowing his new horn.

Ets. Marie Hall. (1965). Just me. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC E855JU

A little boy imitates his many animal friends, but finds out that it is more fun just being himself.

Ets, Marie Hall. (1967). Mister Penny. New York : Viking. PRIM-FIC E855M

Mr. Penny's lazy barnyard pets steal into a neighbor's garden and wreak havoc, but when their good master is threatened by the neighbor, they mend their ways and work hard laying eggs, giving milk, plowing the garden and cutting the grass.

Ets, Marie Hall. (1961). Mister Penny's circus. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC E855MC

Mr. Penny cares for a chimpanzee and a bear during the winter and by county fair time in the spring these two circus animals have taught his barnyard pets enough tricks to create a circus of their own.

Ets, Marie Hall. (1956). Mister Penny's race horse. New York : Viking. PRIM-FIC E855MI

When Mr. Penny and his animal family go to the village fair, the animals' mischief is almost their downfall until Limpy the horse runs in the race and saves the day.

Ets, Marie Hall. (1951). Mr. T.W. Anthony Woo; the story of a cat and a dog and a mouse. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC E855MT

A cat, a dog, and a mouse live together as enemies with a philosophical cobbler, but they become friends when they work together to rid their home of the cobbler's fussy sister and her silly talking parrot.

Ets, Marie Hall and Labastida, Aurora. (1959). Nine days to Christmas. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC E855NI

Ceci anxiously awaits her first posada, the special Mexican Christmas party, and the opportunity to select a piñata for it.

Ets, Marie Hall. (1947). Oley, the sea monster. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC E855OL

A homesick seal, released by an aquarium keeper into a lake instead of being killed as ordered, leads to rumors of a great sea monster.

Ets, Marie Hall. (1955). Play with me. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC E855PL

A little girl goes to the meadow to play, but each animal she tries to catch runs away from her--until she sits still by the pond, and they all come back.

Ets, Marie Hall. (1969). The story of a baby. New York : Viking Press. 612.6 E856s

Written for children, the story follows and describes the growth of a baby through its many embryonic changes to birth and the baby's first smile.


Author/Illustrator Information

Berman, R. (2001). Marie Hall Ets. The Kerlan Awards in children's literature, 1975-2001 (pp. 3-10). St. Paul: Pogo Press. Children REF PN 497 .K47 2001

Cech, R. (Ed.). (1983). Marie Hall Ets (16 December 1893 - ). American writers for children, 1900-1960 (pp. 157-161). (Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 22). Detroit : Gale Research. Database - Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online.

Ets, Marie Hall. (1971). In Something about the author (Vol. 2, pp. 102-103). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009


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