Heide, Florence Parry


Florence Parry Heide was born February 27, 1919 in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her B.A. in 1939 from the University of California, Los Angles. On November 27, 1943 she married Donald C. Heide (attorney) and they had five children together: Christen, Roxanne, Judith, David & Parry. Before WWII Heide worked at Radio-Keith-Orpheum and at advertising and public relations agencies in New York, NY before working as the public-relations director at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Heide recently celebrated her 91st birthday at her home in Kenosha, WI.

Heide has won many awards for her literature though out her life, and to list them all would take a lot of room. Here are a few notable awards that she has received. In 1979 Carthage College in Kenosha, WI awarded Heide with the Litterarum Doctor, Doctor of Letters. In 1990 Heide received a Notable Book Citation from the American Library  Association (ALA) and a first prize from the Council for Wisconsin Writers for her book The Day of Ahmend’s Secret. For the Same book, Heide received the Charlotte Award from New York State in 1991. The last award that shall be mentioned is that the city of Kenosha, WI declared September 26, 2009 as Florence Parry Heide Day, a recognition that does not come to many authors during their lifetime.

Selected Work

Title: Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated)

Author: Florence Parry Heide

Illustrator: Lane Smith

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade

Year: 2009

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Format: Hardcover; 48 pages; 28cm x 22cm

ISBN: 0375845011; 978-0375845017

MARC Record

Princess Hyacinth has a problem: she floats. And so the king and queen have pebbles sewn into the tops of her socks, and force her to wear a crown encrusted with the heaviest jewels in the kingdom to keep her earthbound. But one day, Hyacinth comes across a balloon man and decides to take off all her princess clothes, grab a balloon, and float free.

Other Works

The Day of Ahmed’s Secret. With Elaine Aoki. New York: Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School  Pub. Co., 1993.

The Adventures of Treehorn: Featuring the Shrinking of Treehorn and Treehorn’s Treasure. With Edward Gorey. New York: Dell, 1971.
Rpt. New York: Dell, 1981, 1983.

Oh, Grow Up!: poems to help you survive parents, chores, school, and other afflictions. With Roxanne Heide Pierce. Illus. Nadine Bernard Westcott. New York: Orchard Books, 1996.

Sami and the Time of the Troubles. With Judith Gilliland Heide. Illus. Ted Lewin. New York: Clarion Books, 1992.

Some Things are Scary. Illus. Jules Feiffer. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 1969.

More Information

Mrs. Heide does not have her own website, but Carthage College in Kenosha, WI has set up one for her.

Florence Parry Heide at Carthage College

Mrs. Heide is a very prolific author and Amber Turner of Carthage College has created a complete bibliography of her works.

Bibliography of Florence Parry Heide


3 Responses to “Heide, Florence Parry”

  1. Terry D Merow Says:

    You missed my mother, Erva Loomis Merow, a frequently published author of childrens books and short stories.

    • Liza Says:

      Terry, we were not able to make a comprehensive list of ALL Wisconsin children’s authors and illustrators. I’m sorry we missed your mother!

      • Susan Hastings Says:

        Erva loomis Merow and Florence Parry Heide lived no more than 4 blocks away from one another in Kenosha WI.
        All of the children of both authors knew one another. We Attended school together.
        Both were precious, talented, amazing women.
        Susan Hastings 2-25-2012

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