Honoring the private and public art of Anne Rockwell, children’s book writer
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Honoring the private and public art of Anne Rockwell, children’s book writer

NORWALK — Even if you do not know her name, you’ve probably encountered Anne Rockwell’s work. She wrote nearly 200 children’s books that have been beloved by children, parents and teachers for over half a century, including “Things That Go” and “Our Earth.” She was a prolific author and artist who wove her fascinations into prose that could captivate children, and her subjects were as wide-ranging as her interests, encompassing everything biographies to mythology. But her children’s books were only her commercial work — in addition, she was a painter, a sculptor and a needlepoint artist whose fine art she usually kept within the family. “She always said this: Children’s books were her commercial art,” said Rockwell’s son, Oliver Rockwell. “And for that reason, her painting and sculpture were always private.” Anne Rockwell died of natural causes on April 10 in Stamford, after raising her children in Old Greenwich, where she had lived for nearly four decades. And as her family prepared on Friday afternoon for her memorial service, all three of Anne Rockwell’s children, along with their spouses and children of their own, carried in boxes full of her artwork from their homes into 22 Haviland Gallery in […]

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