The Edmond Sun

Arts & Entertainment

November 20, 2012

11-21 Good Reads

Books

EDMOND —  ‘A MARY BLAIR TREASURY OF GOLDEN BOOKS’

Fans of illustrator Mary Blair will cherish this never-before-published treasury of her Golden Books, which includes material that hasn’t been in print in decades.

“I Can Fly” is here in its unabridged glory, as are “Baby’s House,” “The Up and Down Book,” and “The Golden Book of Little Verses.”

Many of the finest pages from “The New Golden Song Book” are included, to round out this collection. All of the original artwork has been digitally reproduced.

Academy Award-winning animator John Canemaker — author of “The Art and Flair of Mary Blair” — wrote the foreword for this book honoring one of the most beloved illustrators of our time.

Mary Blair (1911-78) is revered in both the children’s animation and illustration industries. For nearly four decades, she was involved with many important Disney projects. She created the concept paintings for the animated films “Peter Pan,” “Cinderella” and “Alice in Wonderland,” and designed the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair exhibit “It’s a Small World.” Blair illustrated only a few picture books, but they include one of the best-loved classic Little Golden Books: “I Can Fly.”

Ages 3-6.

‘I LIKE OLD CLOTHES’

BY MARY ANN HOBERMAN

Originally published by Knopf in 1976 (with illustrations by Jacqueline Chwast), this poem, — an exuberant celebration of hand-me-down clothes — is just as relevant and accessible today as it was 30 years ago.

Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman offers a bouncy, fun-to-read-aloud text and a refreshingly agreeable, resourceful protagonist who likes old clothes for their “history” and “mystery.”

Illustrator Patrice Barton brings new, contemporary life to the poem, with an adorable little girl and her younger brother playing dress-up, making crafts, and happily treasuring their hand-me-downs.

This celebration of creativity, imaginative play and beloved hand-me-down clothes is fun and kid-friendly, with an underlying message of recycling and re-use.

Ages 5-8.

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