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Author Margaret Hodges dead at 94

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VERONA, Pa., Dec 20, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Prolific children's book author Margaret Hodges died Tuesday at her home in Verona, Pa., at age 94.

Hodges wrote more than 50 books in 47 years and earned numerous literary honors, including the Caldecott Medal of the American Library Association in 1985 for "Saint George and the Dragon," the New York Times reported.

She wrote her first book, "One Little Drum," in 1958 based on the exploits of her three sons.

The Indianapolis native spent years in Pittsburgh working at the Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh Public Schools and was on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences.

She was a storyteller on WQED-TV's "Tell Me a Story" from the mid-1960's to 1976.

She is survived by her husband of 73 years, three sons, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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