Saturday, March 6, 2010
clothespin doll giveaway
I just tinkered two clothespin dolls. This one reminds me of The City Mouse (from the classic fable, The Country Mouse and the City Mouse) because she is quite fancy with her white legs and printed "blouse."
Background illustrations from The Country Mouse and The City Mouse Illustrated by Laura Lydecker, Alfred A. Knopf, 1987
This would be The Country Mouse, or doll. She's a bit gussied-up herself but her earthtones, vest and satchel say fashionably rural to me.
Posing my clothespin girls against backdrops, I can't help but think of favorite books from my childhood and how their illustrations continue to inspire me in many ways.
Sleeping Beauty Pictures by T. Izawa and S. Hijikata, Grosset & Dunlap, 1969, 1971
The beautiful cover of this Sleeping Beauty book could have provided my very first GASP!
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I continue to be fascinated by all of the detail: the tiny cluster of garlic, buckets, baskets and pots, savory beef!
Little Red Riding Hood by T. Izawa and S. Hijikata, Grosset & Dunlap, 1967, 1971
I bought these at a school book fair or bookmobile (remember those?). The $1.00 price tags are still on each cover.
Looks like "Grandmother" was a follower of cottage style ... and crafty, too.
Little Red Riding Hood Told and illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones, Golden Press, 1948
My sisters remind me that Little Red Riding Hood was my favorite story and that I had many different versions, like this Golden Book. I always loved the above illustration for the pretty detail. What rustic elegance, farmhouse style!
The Surprise Doll Story by Morrell Gipson, illustrations by Steffie Lerch, Wonder Books, 1949
Another favorite is The Surprise Doll, the story of a determined girl named Mary who has a doll for every day of the week but Sunday. When Mary's father refuses to bring her a seventh, she (rather defiantly) brings all of her dolls to a toymaker so that he can create a surprise doll for her.
Mary's six dolls were all brought to her from different countries by her sea captain father; they all wear different outfits traditional to their homeland and at the time, some of their names sounded very exotic to me.
Miffy at the seaside Dick Bruna, Follett Publishing Company, 1970
My oldest sister Betsy brought me Miffy books from her first visit to France.
I still love the bold colors and simplicity.
Miffy's Birthday Dick Bruna, Methuen & Co Ltd, 1971
And besides, who had a better birthday chair than Miffy?
A Child's Year Joan Walsh Anglund, A Golden Book, 1992
The illustrations of Joan Walsh Anglund were a definite influence on my own drawings. I actually bought this book as an adult. The children's librarian at my branch knows that I enjoy picture books and will often show me selections she thinks I will like.
Hope I haven't frightened you away with this long and slightly indulgent post.
So, what was your favorite book as a child?
If you would like a chance to win these 2 clothespin dolls, please leave me a comment telling me what your favorite story was ... and probably still is. I will randomly select 1 winner this Tuesday at 12 noon. Sound good?