Janie B. Cheaney

Janie is a senior writer who contributes commentary to WORLD and oversees WORLD's annual Children's Book of the Year awards. She also writes novels for young adults and authored the Wordsmith creative writing curriculum. Janie resides in rural Missouri.

Faith of the father

| Presidents Day celebrates the birthdays of two-thirds of the American trinity of sorts
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/17/07, 12:00 am

Presidents Day celebrates the birthdays of two-thirds of the American trinity of sorts, with Washington as father, Lincoln as savior, and numerous candidates for presiding spirit, depending on one's political philosophy. The motives and goals of these men have been painstakingly dissected, often with a view to proving a point about the nation itself.

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Book of Judith

by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 1/27/07, 12:00 am

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Wilbur force

Movie | The voice of Wilbur in Charlotte's Web is that of Dominic Scott Kay, a 10-yeaer-old who describes himself as "a very strong Christian"
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 12/16/06, 12:00 am

Charlotte's Web, first published in 1952, was E.B. White's second book for children. Unaffected and gently humorous, the story became an instant classic and a mainstay of "best books" lists ever since. An animated musical version came and went in the 1980s, but the buzz surrounding the first live-action film, opening Dec. 15, indicates it's a keeper.

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