With her recent book, "Paint the Wind" (2007), hitting the shelves this fall, author Pam Munoz Ryan delivers a welcome addition to the 25 plus books she has written for young people, including her award-winning novels "Esperanza Rising" (2000) and "Riding Freedom" (1998) and picture books "Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride" (1999) and "When Marian Sang" (2002). With "sense of place" as the focus, this article presents an interview with Ryan about her thoughts on the place of imagination in her writing and in the lives of the readers she writes for; the place of history and research in her writing; the place of culture and identity in her life and in the lives of her characters; and a place for her books in the classroom and in the world of children's literature.
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Fabbi, J. L.,
Johnson, A. L.
Of Wondrous Places and “Benevolent Neglect”: An Interview with Pam Munoz Ryan.
Journal of Children's Literature, 33(2),