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William Barringer (1940-1996) Biography

Personal, Career, Writings, Sidelights

Born 1940, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; died, 1996; Education: Attended Ball State University. Hobbies and other interests: Folk music, singing.

Actor in television and film, Los Angeles, CA, 1961-63; The Journal Herald, Dayton, OH, columnist, 1968-69; Detroit Free Press, Detroit, MI, columnist, 1969-70; Monday Magazine, Victoria, BC, Canada, founding editor and contributor, 1975-77; Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, BC, Canada, editor and contributor, 1980-84; The Province, Vancouver, BC, Canada, editor and contributor, 1984-85; writer. Military service: U.S. Army, 1963-65.

Gregory and Alexander, Orca Book Publishers (Custer, WA), 2003.

William Barringer worked as a journalist and editor in Canada and the United States. His only picture book, Gregory and Alexander, was published seven years after his death. Gregory and Alexander is the story of a mouse, Gregory, and his caterpillar friend, Alexander. When Gregory saves Alexander from an insect collector, the two become fast friends. One day, as they watch a kite in the park where they live, Gregory wishes he could fly one himself. Alexander cautions patience, spins a cocoon, and eventually emerges as a butterfly. A helpful spider provides the string, and Gregory finally has his kite. Susan Mille in Resource Links liked the way the story offers readers "an opportunity to talk about the 'cycle of life' and friendship."

Biographical and Critical Sources


Resource Links, June 1, 2003, Susan Mille, review of Gregory and Alexander.

School Library Journal, September, 2003, Grace Oliff, review of Gregory and Alexander, p. 168.

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