Jan 082011

Up until that point few things perplexed Darra Pace more than the large yellow envelope from the south of France addressed to her four-year old son Michael. She, much less her son who was still in nursery school, didn’t know of anyone who lived in or had recently visited France.

When she opened the envelope she was even more stunned at what she found inside. A few weeks earlier, Michael had written his favorite author a short fan letter. Inside the envelope from France was a personal page-long response. The author was the legendary children’s writer and illustrator Richard Scarry. Writing directly to his fans was something Scarry did often, according to his son Huck.

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