Sweet and Shorts: The White Marble

The White Marble by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray

(published 1982, by Thomas Y. Crowell Junior Books)

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I am surrounded by stacks and stacks of books. My house is a maze of piles, and I work in a library. And I love each clump of them, everywhere. I order a ton, I get copies for review, and I love the flood of story.

But then this one showed up. The White Marble Looks like it originated in a library in Sutton, West Virginia. And then somehow it ended up at a library sale in Portland, Maine. That’s where Julie Falatko found it, and she knew. Because she knew, and because she’s a book kindred, she mailed it to Burbank, California.

It’s on top of the teetering tower. Always will be. You can’t check it out cause it’s a chunk of my heart. The White Marble

MoreToRead I love this series from Brian Won: Picture Book Sounds. What does illustrator Andy Musser listen to while he works?

This post at Design Mom where I mention both Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Riggins.

Pretty much everything at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, but especially this magic from Melissa Sweet.

Charlotte Zolotow may sound familiar if you’ve heard of this award given in her name. Sleep Like a Tiger was an Honor book in 2013, and a Caldecott Honor as well!

Happy Picture Book Month!



  • Posted November 12, 2013 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    Ah! Not quite! Wish it’d been that much kismet! It’s a book we have, and read frequently, and I read it again right around when you got your most recent job, and then got it used off of the internet. BUT. It’s a book that throws love daggers deep into my soul. So you needed to have it.

  • Julie Falatko
    Posted November 12, 2013 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    Though I should say that I did get OUR copy at the library sale, many years ago.

  • Posted November 12, 2013 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    I wonder if Peter McCarthy was influenced by books like this!

  • Posted November 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    I love books with their own stories. That White Marble looks like a pretty special one. Thanks for sharing.

  • Posted November 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Carter, since I recently started following your blog, you’ve made me aware of some beauties, and this looks like another. Thanks 😀