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.
|Rum-Tum-Tummy, still alive and doing well.|
|The Kitchen Klenzer elephants with their blankets|
It may be worth repeating that Holling’s name was the first thing that captured me as a child reader. Who on earth has the same first name as his surname? Further, Holling Clancy Holling has the strange beauty of a harsh Irish name bookended by two action words, or gerunds.
Will Holling’s books someday be looked at as a memory of nature in the past tense? And can he still serve as the voice of conservation of a land that holds so much wonder and meaning? We hope so.