Author of one of my favorite children’s books of my childhood, The Pushcart War, Jean Merrill has died at age 89.  The Pushcart War was a breakfast-table book for my family.  I believe we read it at least twice during breakfast, as my mother’s strategy to keep us from fighting while waiting for the bus. 

Merrill wrote more than 30 books for children, though this is the only one that I’ve read.  I’d recommend it as a great book to share with the generation of Occupy Wall Street.