American children's author and artist Armstrong Sperry was born in New Haven, Connecticut on November 7, 1897. Sperry studied art Art Students League of New York and Yale School of Art. Adventure always called to Sperry and after school he traveled the South Pacific. His years adventuring had a profound effect on his life and work. Originally Sperry worked in adverting. Remembering his years exploring Sperry started writing for magazines and pulps. Sperry's first book was "One Day with Manu" and like most of his books focused on Sperry experience with the South Pacific and its people. Sperry's major breakthrough came when he wrote the classic book "Call it Courage". "Call it Courage" won the Newbery Award, the highest honor for children's literature. Sperry beautifully illustrated all of his novels. Over his long career Sperry would go on to write 37 books and illustrate many more. The artwork above is from “One Day With Manu”. The image is creased because it was scanned from a copy of the book. After delighting readers and children for almost fifty years Sperry passed away in 1976.