9.28.2011

Childcraft, Poems and Rhymes


In my recent travels for vintage children's picture books, I scored on a set of Childcraft, The How and Why Library for the mere sum of $5.00. These books are full of great illustrations by many different artists. I have quite a few scans for you from Volume 1 that I hope you will enjoy. Can I just say how much I like these books? They are fun to look at and full of ideas and inspiration.

Don't forget to click on the pics for a bigger view.

Artist: Charles Harper

Oh Charley, how we do love thee, let us count the ways...

Artist: Gordon Laite

Artist: Gordon Laite

I like all the details in these insect illustrations.

Artist: Mary Horton


What a great rendering of happiness!

Artist: Fred Womack


Who doesn't like polka dot elephants?

Artist: Mary Horton

Great composition by this artist!

Artist: Russell Jackson








I'm really impressed by the dimensional paper art by Russell Jackson. Coming up will be a post on Jackson with more examples of his work.

Artist: Vernon McKissack








This name is new to me, but I feel like I've seen work by this artist before, anyone familar with McKissack?

Artist: William Steig

Another masterful composition!

Artist: Garth Williams








Garth Williams draws a great mouse, like the hand lettering and the way the pages are laid out.

Artist: Susan Perl








I believe Susan Perl did a lot of work for McCall's Magazine in the 60's/70's. I'm partial to pen and ink drawings.

Artist: Roger Duvoisin








Isn't this a great illustration?

Artists: Alice and Martin Provensen








Alice and Martin Provensen were a great team and this is just one of the many reasons why their work is well regarded.

Artist: Elizabeth Orton Jones








I like illustrations like these where only part of it is painted and the rest is left as line work, it's very striking.

Artist: Gail E. Haley


I have a couple books by the talented Gail Haley and will do a post on her in the future.

Artist: Mary Miller Salem


This picture takes me back to when I was a kid - nice vantage point and composition.

Artist: Leonard Weisgard


Another great illustration by the impeccable Leonard Weisgard, simple and striking.

Artist: Mary Hauge








I like the simple color scheme and tree trunk rendering in this illustration. I'm not familar with this artist, but I'd like to see more of her work.

7 comments:

  1. Vernon McKissack's work immediately reminded me of Vernon Grant's style.

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  2. Vernon Grant did the "Snap, Crackle and Pop" characters for Rice Krispies. He lived in Rock Hill SC.

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  3. I see what you mean, it's interesting that they have the same first name.

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  4. Did you ever do a follow-up post about Russell Jackson? I am amazed by the one picture I've seen so far!!

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    1. PS I hope that you do post an article, since I can't find a single thing about him online... :(

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  5. Could you tell me the year of the book set you have? When I was younger, in France, we had a set with the same beige "leather" covers. I bought one in the US, but the books had the cardboard cover. Thanks.

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    1. Jackie - I don't know how I missed your comment, but I did. My set was published in 1972 and is a hardcover set.

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