Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Jean Marzollo

Gina Asprocolas  //  Apr 12, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Jean Marzollo

For this week's Throwback Thursday, we're celebrating the work of award-winning author Jean Marzollo.

Marzollo passed away this Tuesday at the age of 75. She joined Scholastic in 1972, and is most well-known for her popular I Spy series. However, I Spy was created in 1992, and during those 20 years leading up to the debut of the series, Marzollo served as the editor of Let’s Find Out, a monthly classroom magazine for kindergartners, and worked on a number of books spanning a variety of genres. For this post, we dug through our Archive and found some of those books! Let's take a look.

How to Help Children Learn Through Play, by Jean Marzollo and Janice Lloyd, illustrated by Irene Trivas, 1972.

From the Introduction: "This book is designed to help you, as a parent, enhance your child's natural play activities and encourage curiosity, creativity, and learing development at home. The authors, both former teachers, are closely involved in early childhood education and have written, among other things, the Parent/Teacher Guide to Sesame Street. In this book they offer a wealth of simple, but imaginative, activities that can give your child the basic learning skills he or she will need in the important school years ahead."

Out of Time, Into Love by Jean Marzollo, 1981.

(This title wasn't originally published by Scholastic, but reprinted by the Company under the Point imprint.) A teen romance set in the 19th century; also published with the title Halfway Down Paddy Lane. Another of Marzollo's teen romances include Do You Love Me, Harvey Burns? republished by Point in 1983.

A Read-and-Play Storybook: Baxter's Bad Day, written by Jean Marzollo, drawn by Shelly Thornton, 1983.

A read-and-play storybook is a story children can read themselves plus punch-out characters that can be used to act out the story.

A Read-and-Play Storybook: Cinderella, written by Jean Marzollo, drawn by Shelly Thornton, 1984.

Three Little Kittens retold by Jean Marzollo, illustrated by Shelley Thronton, 1985.

The naughty kittens have lost their mittens. But you'll know where to find them. The sweet and sprightly story in this book is based on the well-loved nursey rhyme, "The Three Little Kittens."

Special thanks to Scholstic librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey for her ongoing help with this series!