Schools are finally teaching students about Opal Whiteley! There is a version of Opal's diary for all ages and reading levels. One of the largest publishers of school books, Random House, has developed a teachers guide to Opal's diary!
Her diary is used in classes on diary writing and keeping a journal.
recommends it with other classics such as Anne Frank's Diary of a
Young Girl. There
are now three versions of Opal's famous journal - an Opal Classic for
all ages! It's also been translated into several languages,
German, French and even Chinese. Stephen Williamson wrote the
introductions for the German and French editions and Dr. Lynne Anderson
was a consultant to the French translation.
Opal's diary was out of print just a few years ago. It was out of
print when we
started doing event in her hometown of Cottage Grove. It is very
gratifying to see
her diary not only back in print - but in many formats!
Benjamin Hoff - best-selling author of the Tao of Pooh has
written a wonderful
biography of Opal Whiteley. His book also reprints her original diary -
in it's original
form. This is the best Opal book, and biography available. Lots of
pictures and Oregon
history! Benjamin Hoff is the best-selling author of The
Tao of Pooh and Teh
of Piglet. He often visits Cottage Grove when there is an
This is a great introduction for younger readers from kindergarten
grades. Artwork by award wining artist Barbara Cooney! This is quite
easy for children to
read - or to have it read to them. Paperback.
OPAL, by Jane Boulton. First published in 1975 this is an excellent
book - especially
for lovers of poetry.
Random House Books also has an excellent teacher's guide on-line. See it at:
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