by Bill Batson
Once upon a time, a couple who wrote and illustrated children’s books built this fairy tale house. Berta and Elmer Hader used the materials they had in abundant supply: imagination, stone from the quarry on the property, marital bliss and a love for the environment. An exhibit in the display cases of the Carnegie-Farian Room of the Nyack Library explores their life in Grand View-on-Hudson and their internationally celebrated work as writers and illustrators. Nestled into the steep slope of a hill above the Hudson River, the house still stands as proof that dreams do come true.