Holling Clancy Holling “was best known for his geo-historical-fiction volumes for children, believed that children’s literature should be both entertaining and instructive and therefore filled his adventuresome tales with well-researched historical and scientific data.” Who was this writer, artist and naturalist who remains popular sixty years after his books were published? Holling Clancy Holling was a giant of children’s literature who will long be remembered by children of ALL ages.
Rocky Billy: The Story of the Bounding Career of a Rocky Mountain Goat,
by Holling Clancy Holling, 1928. NY The MacMillan Co.
In 1952, it was republished as a 11.8x9.9 ”hardcover with no tip-on cover art but with a
full-color illustrated paper book jacket and only 102 pages.
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“Leslie Area Historical Society and Museum.”
Among the displays, note the long bow Holling made that is resting on top of the book cabinet. On the wall are framed original paintings and Holling’s portrait. Display items are changed periodically and may include items from Holling and Lucille’s adventures or graphic cutouts created for children.
In the front of the glass case are two murals. They were painted by Holling in 1916 on an upstairs wall at his grandparents’ house on Main Street in Leslie. Holling stayed with them four years attending high school. Three families lived in that house after the last of the Hollings left. One family cut these murals out of the wall during a remodeling project. “It is a miracle they were saved all those years.” Joan says.
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