Armstrong Sperry

Armstrong Sperry

Armstrong Wells Sperry (November 7, 1897 – April 26, 1976) was an American writer and illustrator of children's literature.

Born and brought up in the rocky hills of New England, he lived within sight and sound of the sea. Possibly it is this early association which from time to time led him into exploring some of the remotest corners of the world. In 1925 he joined the Kaimiloa expedition as an assistant ethnologist for the Bishop Museum of Honolulu. Sailing among the least known Islands of the South Pacific, he laid the foundation for the first-hand knowledge of Polynesia which has formed the background of many of his books, including his best-known book Call it Courage, which was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1941.

Mr. Sperry began his early professional career as an artist, having studied painting with George Bellows. Perhaps for this reason, when he turned to writing as an additional medium, he brought to his use of words the painter’s gift for seeing color, form and design, and he usually illustrated his own books (as well as others). These include historical fiction and biography, often set on sailing ships, and stories of boys from Polynesia, Asia and indigenous American cultures.

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One of America's outstanding historical novelists for young people, Armstrong Sperry is a rare combination of imaginative artist and inspired writer. "I can't remember when I first began to scribble stories and draw pictures", says this talented author. "These two interests were bound up closely together in my earliest childhood." But draw and write Sperry did—after two years sojourn on the South Pacific island of Bora Bora—as author illustrator of All Sail Set, a book often called one of the greatest sea stories since Two Years Before the Mast.

Mr. Sperry attributes his ability to give a story that special flavor of brine and salt to his upbringing within sight of the Atlantic and to the long line of sea captains who were his ancestors. Recipient of a John Newbery Medal for his outstanding contribution to children's literature, Mr. Sperry has to his credit such popular novels as Black Falcon, Danger to Windward, and Storm Canvas—all rousing tales that reflect the interests of this unique author.

—from the dust jacket of River of the West: The Story of the Boston Men

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All About the Arctic and Antarctic
All About Books #20
by Armstrong Sperry
from Random House
for 3rd-8th grade
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All About the Jungle
All About Books #29
by Armstrong Sperry
from Random House
for 3rd-6th grade
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All Sail Set
by Armstrong Sperry
from David R. Godine
Nautical Fiction for 4th-8th grade
1936 Newbery Honor Book
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by Armstrong Sperry
from Garrard Publishing Company
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Black Falcon
by Armstrong Sperry
from John C. Winston
for 6th-10th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
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Boat Builder
by Clara Ingram Judson, illustrated by Armstrong Sperry
from Charles Scribner's Sons
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Call it Courage
by Armstrong Sperry
1963 printing from Macmillan
for 2nd-6th grade
1941 Newbery Medal winner
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Call it Courage
by Armstrong Sperry
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Realistic Fiction for 2nd-6th grade
1941 Newbery Medal winner
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Call it Courage
by Armstrong Sperry
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for 4th-6th grade
1941 Newbery Medal winner
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Captain Cook Explores the South Seas
World Landmark #19
by Armstrong Sperry
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAN)
Captain James Cook
Real People
by Armstrong Sperry
from Row, Peterson and Company
for 4th-6th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Clipper Ship Men
by Alexander Laing, illustrated by Armstrong Sperry
1st edition from Duell, Sloan and Pearce
for Adult
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Codfish Musket
by Agnes Hewes, illustrated by Armstrong Sperry
from Doubleday, Doran & Company Inc.
for 8th-12th grade
1937 Newbery Honor Book
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
$45.00 (1 in stock)
Danger to Windward
by Armstrong Sperry
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for 5th-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Hull-Down for Action
by Armstrong Sperry
from Doubleday & Company
for 5th-9th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
John Paul Jones
Sterling Point Books
by Armstrong Sperry
from Sterling Publishing Co.
Biography for 5th-9th grade
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John Paul Jones, Fighting Sailor
Landmark #39
by Armstrong Sperry
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAND)
Lost Lagoon
by Armstrong Sperry
from Doubleday & Company
for 5th-9th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Prince Henry
Real People
by Jeannette Covert Nolan, illustrated by Armstrong Sperry
from Row, Peterson and Company
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Rain Forest
by Armstrong Sperry
from Macmillan
for 5th-9th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
River of the West
by Armstrong Sperry, illustrated by Henry C. Pitz
from John C. Winston
for 5th-8th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Spencer Press Landmarks of American History - 10 Volume Set
from Spencer Press
for 5th-8th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAND)
Storm Canvas
Junior Literary Guild
by Armstrong Sperry
from John C. Winston
for 6th-10th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Story of Hiawatha
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, adapted by Allan Chaffee and illustrated by Armstrong Sperry
from Random House
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Thunder Country
by Armstrong Sperry
from Macmillan
for 5th-9th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Voyages of Christopher Columbus
Spencer Press Landmark #1 (RH#1)
by Armstrong Sperry
from Spencer Press
for 5th-8th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAND)
Voyages of Christopher Columbus
Landmark #1
by Armstrong Sperry
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAND)
Wagons Westward
by Armstrong Sperry
from David R. Godine
for 6th-10th grade
in Action & Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
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Real People
by Faith Yingling Knoop, illustrated by Armstrong Sperry
1963 printing from California State Department of Education
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)