Marjorie Flack was born on October 22, 1897. Her most well-known book, thanks to Captain Kangaroo, is The Story About Ping (illus. by Kurt Wiese). Ms. Flack was given a Caldecott Honor in 1947 for her book, The Boats on the River (Viking), which was illustrated by Jay Hyde Barnum.
Barbara Bader, in her book American Picture Books from Noah’s Ark to The Beast Within, proposes that “Marjorie Flack drew, but not very well; she wrote, but she wasn’t a writer; what she had was a feel for stories—situations, for the most part—that would tell well in words and pictures and a knack for dramatizing them: a true picturebook sense.” This storytelling ability was evident in her Angus books and another children’s favorite she illustrated, The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes. Marjorie Flack died in 1958.