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Kate Seredy (1899–1975)

Author of The Good Master

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Works by Kate Seredy

The Good Master (1935) 1,981 copies
The Singing Tree (1939) 1,472 copies
The White Stag (1937) 1,450 copies
The Chestry Oak (1948) 409 copies
A Tree for Peter (1941) 348 copies
Philomena (1955) 220 copies
The Open Gate (1626) 67 copies
The Tenement Tree (1959) 40 copies
Lazy Tinka (1861) 39 copies
A Brand-new Uncle (1656) 24 copies
Gypsy (1656) 23 copies
Listening (1936) 23 copies
Finnegan II: His Nine Lives (1953) — Illustrator, some editions; Illustrator — 23 copies
various 1 copy

Associated Works

Caddie Woodlawn (1935) — Illustrator, some editions — 7,673 copies
The Prince Commands (1934) — Illustrator, some editions — 192 copies
Adopted Jane (1947) — Illustrator, some editions — 152 copies
Little Vic (1954) — Illustrator, some editions — 121 copies
Smiling Hill Farm (1937) — Illustrator, some editions — 93 copies
Told Under the Christmas Tree (1941) — Contributor — 81 copies
The Christmas Anna Angel (1944) — Illustrator — 77 copies
Winterbound (1936) — Illustrator, some editions — 72 copies
Young Walter Scott (1935) — Illustrator — 71 copies
The Wonderful Year (1946) — Illustrator — 57 copies
We Are Neighbors (1948) — Illustrator — 40 copies
The Easter Book of Legends and Stories (1947) — Contributor — 34 copies
Finding New Neighbors (1957) — Illustrator — 33 copies
Pilgrim Kate (1949) — Illustrator, some editions — 25 copies
Open the Door (1965) — Contributor — 22 copies
Mademoiselle Misfortune (1936) — Illustrator, some editions — 19 copies
A Dog Named Penny (1955) — Illustrator — 18 copies
Mary Montgomery, Rebel (1948) — Illustrator — 9 copies
Michel's Island (1940) — Illustrator — 9 copies
Friendly Stories (1930) — Illustrator — 8 copies
Bible Children: Stories from the Bible (1937) — Illustrator — 7 copies
Writing Books for Boys and Girls (1952) — Contributor, some editions — 5 copies
The Gunniwolf and Other Merry Tales (1936) — Illustrator — 5 copies
With Harp and Lute (1935) — Illustrator — 4 copies
An Ear for Uncle Emil (1939) — Illustrator — 4 copies
Who Is Johnny? (1939) — Translator, some editions — 2 copies
Happy Days — Illustrator — 2 copies
Living Together at Home and at School (1944) — Illustrator — 2 copies
The Broken Song — Illustrator — 1 copy
Hoot-owl (1936) — Illustrator — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Date of death
Burial location
Budapest, Hungary
Place of death
Middletown, New York, USA
Places of residence
Budapest, Hungary
Montgomery, New York, USA
Academy of Arts, Budapest, Hungary
children's book author
young adult writer
Short biography
Kate Seredy was born in Budapest to a multi-lingual family. Her grandparents were French, German, Slovakian, and Turkish, and all were active in some sort of political, religious, or personal rebellions. She earned an art teacher's degree at the Academy of Arts in Budapest. During World War I, she served as a nurse, then continued her studies around Europe. In 1922, she emigrated to the USA. She learned English quickly, ran a children's bookstore, and worked as a commercial illustrator and painter. In 1935, she met the children's editor at Viking Press, who encouraged her to write about her childhood in Hungary. Kate Seredy produced The Good Master, which she both wrote and illustrated. It was named a Newbery Honor book in 1935, a runner-up to Caddie Woodlawn, which Kate Seredy had also illustrated; another runner-up that year was Young Walter Scott, for which she had designed the book jacket and endpapers. In the course of her subsequent career, Seredy illustrated about 60 books and wrote a few more of her own, though she never considered herself a writer and thought of her stories as "an excuse for making pictures." One of her most famous is The White Stag, which won the Newbery Medal in 1938. She lived for many years at Listening Hill, a 100-acre farm near Montgomery, New York.

Note: There are differing years given for her birth year online, but both Wikipedia's sources, Encyclopedia Britannica, and the site hosting her archive gives it as 1899.



Jancsi is overjoyed to hear that his cousin from Budapest is coming to spend the summer on his father's ranch on the Hungarian plains. But their summer proves more adventurous than he had hoped when headstrong Kate arrives, as together they share horseback races across the plains, country fairs and festivals, and a dangerous run-in with the gypsies.
PlumfieldCH | 21 other reviews | Nov 3, 2023 |
Life on the Hungarian plains is changing quickly for Jancsi and his cousin Kate. Father has given Jancsi permission to be in charge of his own herd, and Kate has begun to think about going to dances. Jancsi hardly even recognizes Kate when she appears at Peter and Mari's wedding wearing nearly as many petticoats as the older girls wear. And Jancsi himself, astride his prized horse, doesn't seem to Kate to be quite so boyish anymore. Then, when Hungary must send troops to fight in the Great War and Jancsi's father is called to battle, the two cousins must grow up all the sooner in order to take care of the farm and all the relatives, Russian soldiers, and German war orphans who take refuge there.… (more)
PlumfieldCH | 11 other reviews | Nov 3, 2023 |
Newbery winner or not, that was boring as hell.
It read like those tedious warmongering chapters in the Old Testament, with a dash of ancient mythology thrown into the mix. Hard to imagine a child of any age ever enjoying this, but I guess kids were different in1937.
To be fair though, I've never had any taste for mythology. I prefer books about characters I can identify with and care about. Nimrod, Bendeguz and Attila were definitely not characters I related to, had interest in, or muster compassion for.… (more)
fingerpost | 19 other reviews | Jul 4, 2023 |



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