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Barbara Cooney
Born (1917-08-06)August 6, 1917
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died March 10, 2000(2000-03-10) (aged 82)
Damariscotta, Maine, USA
Occupation Artist/illustrator, writer
Nationality American
Period 1940–1999
Genre Children’s picture books; fiction, poetry,
Notable works

Chanticleer and the Fox (1959)
Ox-Cart Man (1980)
Miss Rumphius (1983)

Notable awards Caldecott Medal
1959, 1980
National Book Award

She was an enthusiastic painter of oils and watercolors. She was also very generous. I could mess with her paints and brushes all I wanted. On one condition: that I kept my brushes clean. The only art lesson my mother gave me was how to wash my brushes.
Barbara Cooney
My favorite days were when I had a cold and could stay home from school and draw all day long.
Barbara Cooney
'Miss Rumphius' has been, perhaps, the closest to my heart. There are, of course, many dissimilarities between me and Alice Rumphius, but, as I worked, she gradually seemed to become my alter ego. Perhaps she had been that right from the start.
Barbara Cooney
It was not until I was in my forties, in the fifth decade of my life, that the sense of place, the spirit of place, became of paramount importance to me. It was then that I began my travels, that I discovered, through photography, the quality of light, and that I gradually became able to paint the mood of place.
Barbara Cooney