Patricia Hubbell Hornstein, 94, of Easton, Conn., passed away on July 29, 2022, at the home of her daughter, Deborah Hereld, in Cheshire, Conn. Born in Bridgeport, Conn., on July 10, 1928, Patricia was a lifelong Easton resident.
Patricia was an award-winning poet and children’s book author, writing under her maiden name, Patricia Hubbell. Her mother and grandmother read poems to her as a little girl, inspiring her love of poetry writing by the third grade. She was a graduate
of The University of Connecticut, where she studied English and agriculture. Patricia published dozens of books throughout her five-decade career, including The Apple Vendor’s Fair, A Grass Green Gallop, Wrapping Paper Romp, and Black All Around.
Patricia was a finalist and winner of numerous awards, including Nick Jr Best Books of the Year, Bank Street College Best Books of the Year, Parents Magazine Best Books of the Year, American Bookseller’s Association Kids’ Pick of the Lists, and the
Sequoyah Oklahoma Children’s Book Award. Her poems appear in more than 200 anthologies worldwide.
She also wrote for The Newtown Bee, the Westport Town Crier, and the Bridgeport Sunday Post, and contributed freelance gardening columns for publications including The New York Times.
Patricia was an accomplished horsewoman, a prolific and talented artist who worked in a variety of media, and a skilled gardener. As she put it, “I think gardening and art are very much like writing poems… in each, you are always trying to make
something beautiful, and each of them takes thought and care.”
Patricia was predeceased by her husband, Harold Hornstein; parents, Franklin Homer Hubbell and Helen Eugenie Osborn Hubbell; sister, Jean Hallock; and brother, Donald Hallock
She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Hornstein of Manhattan, New York; daughter, Deborah Alexander Hereld of Cheshire, Conn.; grandchildren, Megan Patricia Hammond (Paul) of San Francisco, Calif., Shoshana Hereld (Calypso) of Oaxaca, Mexico, and Shira
Hereld of Denver, Colo.; as well as great-grandchildren, Tom, James, and Alex Hammond; and several nieces and nephews. Pat is also survived by her loving and devoted caregiver, Faigie Wright, of New Haven, Conn.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Pat will be remembered for her warm, gentle, quiet, gracious manner, and for her love of all animals, nature, and her family. Pat taught us the beauty of living simply and the value of noticing that which
so often goes unnoticed. We are forever enriched.
A celebration of Pat’s life is to be announced.
Donations in her memory may be made to The Historical Society of Easton, PO Box 121, Easton CT 06612.
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"One of the first poems I remember doing was about a fox that I saw in
the meadow across from our house. He was leaping in the sun and his
coat was shining gold and red. He looked like a dancer! Many years
later, that same fox put in an appearance in a poem that was published
in my first book, The Apple Vendor's Fair. He was still dancing, but
now I knew that what he was really doing was going after a mouse; the
poem was titled 'Prey Ballet.' "