Margot Zemach

1931 - 1989

(1979 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 (UMD) Library.

Author/Illustrator

Zemach, Margot. (1976). It could always be worse : a Yiddish folk tale retold and with pictures by Margot Zemach. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 398.21 Z535i

Unable to stand his overcrowded and noisy home any longer, a poor man goes to the Rabbi for advice.

Illustrator

Zemach, Harve. (1970). Awake and dreaming. (Pictures by Margot Zemach). New York : Farrar, Strauss & Giroux PRIM-FIC Z535aw

A young man is haunted by nightmares until a witch gives him a magic formula for untroubled sleep.

Zemach, Harve. (1973). Duffy and the devil; a Cornish tale. (Retold by Harve Zemach, pictures by Margot Zemach). New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux. 398.2 Z534d

The spinning and knitting the devil agrees to do for her win Duffy the Squire's name and a carefree life until it comes time for her to guess the devil's name.

Grimm, Jacob & Grimm, Wilhelm. (1980). The Fisherman and his wife : a tale from the brothers Grimm. (Translated by Randall Jarrell, pictures by Margot Zemach). New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux. 398.2 G864fh

The fisherman's greedy wife is never satisfied with the wishes granted to them by an enchanted fish.

Alexander, Lloyd. (1973). The foundling, and other tales of Prydain. (Pictures by Margot Zemach). New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston. INTR-FIC A376FO

Six short stories dealing with events that preceded the birth of Taran, a key figure in the author's five works on the Kingdom of Prydain. (The foundling; The stone; The true enchanter; The rascal crow; The sword; The smith, the weaver, and the harper; The truthful harp; and Coll and his white pig.)

Zemach, Harve. (1969). The judge, an untrue tale. (Pictures by Margot Zemach). New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 811 Z535ju

A skeptical judge discovers that the five people he had put in jail were telling the truth after all.

Blitch, Fleming Lee. (1964). The last dragon. (Illustrated by Margot Zemach). Philadelphia : Lippincott. PRIM-FIC B6495LA

When the last dragon on earth chooses to live in a cave near the village of Chickewood Grubs, the terrified villagers turn to brave Sir Heldenho but the encounter between knight and dragon takes some unexpected and humorous turns.

Singer, Isaac Bashevis. (1967). Mazel and Shlimazel; or, The milk of a lioness. (Pictures by Margot Zemach; translated from the Yiddish by the author and Elizabeth Shub). New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux. PRIM-FIC S6173ma

The happiness of Tam, a peasant lad, and Nesika, a crown princess, depends on the winner of a battle of wits.

Zemach, Harve. (1966). Mommy, buy me a china doll : adapted from an Ozark children's song. (Illustrated by Margot Zemach). Chicago : Follet Pub. Co. 784.4 Z53m

Eliza Lou’s desire for a china doll leads to a kind of trading and shuffling of animals, human beings and their normal sleeping places.

Zemach, Harve. (1971). A penny a look; an old story retold by Harve Zemach; pictures by Margot Zemach. New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux. 398.2 Z514p

Two brothers set out to capture a one-eyed man to display in the marketplace.

Zemach, Harve. (1975). The princess and Froggie. (Stories by Harve and Kaethe Zemach; Pictures by Margot Zemach). New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. PRIM-FIC Z535PR

Whenever the princess's problems seem insoluble, Froggie helps her out of her difficulties.

Zemach, Harve. (1965). Salt; a Russian tale. (Illustrated by Margot Zemach). Chicago : Follett Pub. Co. 398.2 Z534s

Russian tale of Ivan the Fool who finds an island of salt, returns home from the sea on the back of a giant, and ultimately marries a princess.

Phillips, Mildred. (1985). The sign in Mendel's window. (Illustrated by Margot Zemach). New York : Macmillan Pub. Co. PRIM-FIC P5624si

When a stranger comes to Kosnov and accuses Mendel the butcher of stealing his money, the whole town joins in to show the police who is really guilty.

Suhl, Yuri. (1972). Simon Boom gives a wedding. (Illustrated by Margot Zemach) . New York : Four Winds Press. PRIM-FIC S9475si

Simon Boom's determination to buy only the best, appropriate or not, results in an unusual wedding party for his daughter.

Zemach, Harve. (1966). The speckled hen : a Russian nursery rhyme. (Illustrated by Margot Zemach). New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 398.2 Z514s

Tells what else happens when the speckled hen lays an egg.

Zemach, Harve. (1965). The tricks of Master Dabble. (Illustrated by Margot Zemach). New York : Holt, Reinhart and Winston. PRIM-FIC Z535tr

Cunning Master Dabble promises to paint lifelike pictures for the king but a servant boy catches on to his trickery.

Singer, Isaac Bashevis. (1968). When Shlemiel went to Warsaw & other stories. (Pictures by Margot Zemach. Translated by the author and Elizabeth Shub). New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 398.2 S617w

Eight stories based on traditional Jewish themes from Eastern Europe include: Shrewd Todie & Lyzer the Miser; Tsirtsur & Peziza; Rabbi Leib & the Witch Cunegunde; The Elders of Chelm & Genendel's Key; Shlemiel, the Businessman; Utzel & His Daughter Poverty; Menaseh's Dream; When Shlemiel went to Warsaw.

Author/Illustrator Information

Berman, R. (2001). Margot Zemach. The Kerlan Awards in children's literature, 1975-2001 (pp. 46-49). St. Paul: Pogo Press. Children Ref PN 497 .K47 2001

Embracing the child : Margot Zemach http://www.embracingthechild.org/azemach.html

Zemach, Margot 1931-1989. (2014). In Something about the author (Vol. 264, pp. 204-207). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6

Zemach, Margot 1931-1989. (1993). In Something about the author (Vol. 70, pp. 244-247). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

Zemach, Margot 1931-1989. (1990). In Something about the author (Vol. 59, pp. 203). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

Zemach, Margot 1931- . (1980). In Something about the author (Vol. 21, pp. 209-214). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

 

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