Shel Silverstein Narrates an Animated Version of The Giving Tree (1973)

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Yesterday we brought you a number of animations showcasing Shel Silverstein’s sillier side in his playful, sing-song poems. Today we revisit the 1973 animated film version of his 1964 book The Giving Tree, narrated by Silverstein himself, who also played the harmonica soundtrack.


Six Animations of Stories and Poems by Shel Silverstein

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Shel Silverstein, beloved poet, songwriter, children’s author, and illustrator, perfected an instantly recognizable visual and literary style that has imprinted itself on several generations.


Neil Gaiman Reads The Graveyard Book, His Award-Winning Kids Fantasy Novel, Chapter by Chapter

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In 2009, Neil Gaiman won the Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book, a prestigious prize given to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.


Watch Gumbasia the Jazzy Stop Motion Film That Gave Birth to Gumby (1955)

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Like many in the Honeycomb Kids generation, I didn’t properly appreciate children’s television icon Gumby until Eddie Murphy parodied him on Saturday Night Live. This sparked a revival. Watching Gumby episodes in the company of other merry young adults reframed my previously held view of him as a relic from a time when TV was boring.


Mr. Rogers Introduces Kids to Experimental Electronic Music by Bruce Haack & Esther Nelson (1968)

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Experimental electronic musician and inventor Bruce Haack’s compositions expanded many a young consciousness, and taught kids to dance, move, meditate, and to be endlessly curious about the technology of sound.


Watch “Bottle,” an Award-Winning Stop Motion Animated Tale of Transoceanic Correspondence

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When I was in high school, my boyfriend showed me a film he had shot with his dad’s Super 8. It featured a pair of golf clubs escaping from the garage and hustling down the driveway. I was bedazzled by his technique, and amazed that that’s how he spent his weekends before he met me.


Meet Carol Kaye, the Unsung Bassist Behind Your Favorite 60s Hits

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Carol Kaye: you may not recognize her name but chances are you’re familiar with her work.
Now 79, the lady has laid down some deeply iconic bass tracks in a career spanning 55 years and something in the neighborhood of 10,000 recording sessions.


Kurt Vonnegut Urges Young People to Make Art and “Make Your Soul Grow”

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Art not only saves lives, it casts ripples, as Kurt Vonnegut surely knew when he replied—at length—to five New York City high school students who’d contacted him as part of a 2006 English assignment.


Your Body During Adolescence: A Nakedly Unashamed Sex Ed Film from 1955

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A straight shooting sex ed film from 1955? That’s hard to imagine. In my experience, the films of that period tend to beat around the bush.
The reticence of those sharing its playing field makes Your Body During Adolescence (watch it online here) all the more remarkable. It doesn’t seem so at first.


10 Wonderful Illustrations from the Original Manuscript of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince

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From January 24 through April 27, 2014, The Morgan Library and Museum is staging an exhibition on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, a story that speaks to the hearts and minds of children and adults alike. Though Saint-Exupéry was French, he wrote and published his great tale while living in New York City in 1943.


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