One Voice In A Grand Choir

Trying to recall the exact words on a poster I saw in a school library some years ago, I did an internet search and discovered this:bird

Use the talents you possess,

for the woods would be very silent

if no birds sang except the best.

— Henry Van Dyke

The words on the poster may not have been Van Dyke’s precisely, but close enough. Many times over the years, the message in these words has kept me writing.

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

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