The Little Woman Wanted Noise

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New York Review of Books
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7.7 X 8.6 X 0.4 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Val Teal (1902-1997) was born in Bottineau, North Dakota, on February 14th, the third generation in her family to be born on Valentine's Day. She did undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota during the 1920s and worked for many years as a tutor in the humanities at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. From the 1930s on she contributed personal essays and stories to such magazines as Saturday Evening Post, Woman's Home Companion, Ladies' Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Parents, but it was not until 1943 that she published her first book, The Little Woman Wanted Noise. In addition to her stories for children, Teal also wrote a memoir of motherhood, It Was Not What I Expected.

Robert Lawson (1892-1957) was a prolific writer and illustrator of literature for
children and was the first person ever to receive both the Newbery and Caldecott
medals. Among his forty-odd books are such classic stories as Rabbit Hill, Ben and Me, and They Were Strong and Good. In addition to The Little Woman Wanted Noise, The New York Review Children's Collection publishes Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf, with illustrations by Robert Lawson.


"Parents may lose [their minds] if they listen to the noises which the book will provoke from enthusiastic readers, but the children will have a raucously good time with it. And those of any age will respond to Robert Lawson's illustrations, which pictures many familiar details for the young to search out." --The New York Times

"The Little Woman Wanted Noise was Val Teal's first book. It tells the story of a little woman who lives in the city between a shoemaker and carpenter and below a printer, so it's always noisy.... The book is at base an animal noises book, with each new animal adding a sound to the list." --Ariel S. Winter, Vintage Kids' Books My Kids Love