Weekend Reading With Mary Blair

Ah, Friday.  I know Big Sis is relieved, but it's already promising to be a busy weekend.

We have a large sack from the library - we always do! - so our wind-down, chill-out bedtime routine is intact.

While we should be continuing On the Banks of Plum Creek, we are taking a break to read the 3-in-one My Father's Dragon, which I picked up after reading this post on Julia's Bookbag.  We are only two chapters in, but the girls seem to be enthralled.

Some of the highlights in our library bag include two Disney-related titles.  I tend to go on binges at the library.  As much as I adore the look and feel of the old card catalog system, I admit, I am the library patron who logs onto her public library account at midnight to put 10 books on hold.  (I became a Friend of the Library member because the dues added up to less than my hold fees!)  Mary Blair is not a new obsession of mine - see Pinterest - but this month finally saw the release of the Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books, which collects Baby's House, I Can Fly, The Up & Down Book, The Golden Book of Little Verses, and many pages from The New Golden Song Book into one glorious over-sized collection!  While I probably shouldn't have spent the money yet, I ran to my local bookstore to buy it this week.  I just couldn't wait any longer.
Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books.  New York: Random House, 2012.
The endpapers!
 

Having an unabridged copy of I Can Fly has been a dream of mine.  The edition currently in print (via Random House, current owner of the Little Golden Books catalog) is incomplete, and of course, that is the one we bought new for Big Sis when she was a toddler.  As much as I would love to have a lovely vintage copy of this Little Golden favorite, the large format of this book makes the spectacular illustrations pop.  

                                     I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Mary Blair.  1950

I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Mary Blair.  1950

I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Mary Blair.  1950

I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Mary Blair.  1950

 There is a foreword by John Canemaker, author of The Art and Flair of Mary Blair.  I'm afraid our library doesn't have that one, and it's very much out of my price range, but oh, wouldn't it be nice...  For more on Mary Blair, you can visit the Magic of Mary Blair, a lovely website maintained by her nieces.

Mary Blair's bigger claim to fame was her connection to Walt Disney.  She was an important concept artist for Disney, and her own visuals ended up in more avant-garde films such as The Three Caballeros.  Possibly her crowning achievement was the design of Disneyland's It's a Small World.

Back to our library bag!  This week, we checked out Walt Disney's Cinderella, retold by Cynthia Rylant (love her) and illustrated with Mary Blair's original concept art, and Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland, retold by Jon Scieszka (love him, too) and also illustrated with Mary Blair's original concept art.  The colors!  So happy!


Merry Weekend and Happy Reading!



Comments

  1. Aahhh!! So jealous! I have had my eye on that book for a while! It makes me so happy to look at those pictures. Have fun with it!!

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  2. Oh I loved "On the Banks of Plum Creek", it was the first Laura Ingals Wilder book that I read as a child and still watch "The Little House on the Prairie" re-runs.
    Of course everyone loves "Alice in Wonderland", and having a 6 year old niece, I'm just getting into new authors. This book looks interesting though...I'll have to read it first though, just to make sure it is suitable. I love kids books!

    Following from Janie Junebug.

    http://ladyofmuse.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi, Megan! Thanks for stopping by! We've been on a Laura Ingalls Wilder kick all summer. I'm looking forward to finishing Plum Creek - my youngest has informed me she's ready for us to start reading the Oz books now. I'm looking forward to the day when both of my daughters are old enough for the original Alices, but until then, we make do with adaptations and movies. I love kids books, too, and having kids has given me a reason to explore them all over again. :o)

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  3. That treasury looks amazing! My list of books to acquire just gets bigger and bigger everyday! (aren't the maps & illustrations in my father's dragon wonderful?)

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    1. I love them! They're awesome. And the treasury is quite fun. :o)

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  4. i am SO GLAD you guys are enjoying the Dragon books!!

    (and I'm so glad to be back in town -- we were away and my internet access was spotty and terrible -- hurray for a return to high speed internet!! :)

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    1. We are! Its so much fun, because Little Sis has finally developed an attention span for reading out loud at night. She's enjoying them, too!

      And welcome home to the interwebs!

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