Walter Mitty (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) Walter Mitty is the subject of James Thurber’s famous short story, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, first published in the New Yorker in 1939. He is an ineffectual, meek, henpecked kind of man who, in his daydreams, is a daredevil pilot, a brilliant doctor, and a cunning killer, among other fantasies. His character’s name has passed into the lexicon as the epitome of one who leads a rich fantasy life in contrast to his very ordinary everyday life. Even in those daydreams, the hapless Walter often trips over his own dreams and ends up a victim of his own making. The 1947 film starring Danny Kaye eschewed the psychological overtones of Thurber’s work and presented Mitty as a lovable doofus who lands in the middle of his own fantasy and is led to admit that heroism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Whatever the interpretation, be it dark-edged or lighthearted, there is no doubt of the importance of the imagination in the lives of the species known as “Homo sapiens”.
Uncle Walter - a song by Ben Folds Five
Walter - a song by The Blue Dogs
Walter - a song by Wizo
Walter Whitman Where Are You - a song by Gino Vannelli
Iris and Walter Series (Elissa Haden Guest) - Together Iris and Walter discover that anything—from adjusting to a new home to facing the first day of school—is easier when you have a best friend to help you. Other titles in this series are: Iris and Walter: True Friends; Iris and Walter: The Sleepover; Iris and Walter and Baby Rose; Iris and Walter and Cousin Howie; Iris and Walter: Lost and Found; Iris and Walter and the Substitute Teacher; Iris and Walter and the Field Trip; Iris and Walter: The School Play; and Iris and Walter and the birthday party. Recommended for ages 6-9.
Sourcebook of Little Walter/Big Walter Licks for Blues Harmonica (Little Walter Jacobs & Big Walter - In this essential collection for blues harp players, author Tom Ball sets out to discuss, understand and demystify some of the playing of the phenomenal Walters: the legendary "Big Walter" Horton and "Little Walter" Jacobs. Includes a sampling of the best licks from each artist's repertoire, mapped out in easy-to-read harmonica tablature and played on CD by Ball, plus extensive notes on each musician's style, bios and discographies, rare photos, a bibliography, harmonica basics, notes on amplification and equipment, and much more! Recommended for ages 9-12.
The Secret World of Walter Anderson (Hester Bass) - Enter the fascinating world of reclusive nature-lover Walter Anderson — perhaps the most famous American artist you’ve never heard of. Residents along the Mississippi Gulf Coast thought Walter Anderson was odd, rowing across twelve miles of open water in a leaky skiff to reach Horn, an uninhabited island without running water or electricity. But this solitary artist didn’t much care what they thought as he spent weeks at a time on his personal paradise, sleeping under his boat, sometimes eating whatever washed ashore, sketching and painting the natural surroundings and the animals that became his friends. Here Walter created some of his most brilliant watercolors, work he kept hidden during his lifetime. In a beautifully crafted picture book biography, writer Hester Bass and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis pay homage to an uncompromising American artist. Recommended for ages 6-9.
Walter the Baker (Eric Carle) - Walter the Baker is famous for his breads, rolls, cookies, tarts, and pies. The Duke and Duchess especially love his warm sweet rolls, delivered fresh to their castle every morning. But one day the cat spills the milk, and Walter is forced to serve the Duke and Duchess rolls made with water. After one bite the Duke throws down his roll in disgust and summons Walter to the castle. He threatens to banish the baker unless he can take the same dough and make a good-tasting roll that the rising sun can shine through three times. Will Walter succeed in his task, or will he have to leave his town forever? With good humor and the vibrantly colored paper collages that are known and loved the world over, Eric Carle has concocted a delicious book that kids will savor as much as they love eating...shhh...pretzels! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Walter the Farting Dog (William Kotzwinkle) - Warning: This book may cause flatulence. Walter is a fine dog, except for one small problem: he has gas. He can't help it; it's just the way he is. Fortunately, the kids Billy and Betty love him regardless, but Father says he's got to go! Poor Walter, he's going to the dog pound tomorrow. And then, in the night, burglars strike. Walter has his chance to be a hero. A children's beloved classic, this story will have kids rolling on the floor with laughter. Adults are permitted to laugh too. This best-selling book is the first of a series which also includes Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble at the Yard Sale; Rough Weather Ahead for Walter the Farting Dog; Walter the Farting Dog Goes On A Cruise; and Walter the Farting Dog: Banned From the Beach. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Walter's Not So Peaceful, Definitely Not Relaxing, But Oh So Awfully Courageous Adventure (N. Early) - Nancy Early has written a wonderful warmhearted book that has all the elements that children love: an exciting adventure in the woods that includes making new friends, having lots of fun and helping each other when things get a little scary! Recommended for ages 6-9.
Famous People Named Walter - Walter Disney (film producer); Walter Cronkite (TV news anchor); Walter "Walt" Whitman (poet/essayist); Sir Walter Scott (Scottish author); Sir Walter Raleigh (explorer); Walter “Bruce” Willis (actor); Walter Matthau (actor); Walter Mondale (U.S. Vice President); Walter Payton (football player); Walter Alston (baseball manager); Walter Brown (hockey player); Walter Bush (hockey player); Walter Hagen (golfer); Walter Johnson (baseball player); Little Walter (blues harmonica player); Walter Pratt (hockey player); Walter Travis (golfer)
Famous People Who Named Their Son Walter - Anita Baker (singer); Charles Dickens (novelist); Walter Cronkite (news anchor)