So this blog is beginning to feel a bit like my desk, cluttered and unorganized. I pile, I stack, I cram things into cabinets and quickly shut the doors hoping everything stays put. I am going to try to collect myself a bit by organizing my thoughts into weekly/bi-weekly themes of things that inspire me.
To start, I want to share with you some of my favorite children's books from the growing collection on my shelf. Fun? Right? Right!
Here are some scans from a goodie called Andrew Henry's Meadow (1965). LOVE this one, it's a keeper for sure. This book was a fairly recent addition to my library, and I had somehow never heard of it until last year. For some reason it was extremely hard to find then, but I scored a super cheap copy on ebay (however, it was a bit water damaged and smells like basement, but still good!) The illustrations remind me of Robert McCloskey's (Homer Price specifically) and the story is great. It looks like they re-released it, so it is easily found on Amazon. Worth it for sure.
Andrew is a boy who loves to build crazy contraptions, but they just annoy his family. He decides to move to the meadow where he won't bother anyone. Other children follow and Andrew builds them all houses until they have basically set up their own little village. But then the adults start to miss them...Trust me, it's very sweet.
That wallpaper? Delightful!
Look at that U-isn't it wonderful?!
Don't you just want to live in that tree/bird house?
LOVE the use of line/cross hatching.
How great is their little village?