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  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Fitzgerald

    This should be required reading for anyone who would work in the field of children's librarianship. Even the casual reader of vintage books will find much useful and fascinating information. While the names of Bertha Mahony and Louise Latimer are monumental in the world of children's literature (I don't know much about Beulah Folmsbee, though she was important at Horn Book), there are other important contributors who make this book extraordinary: Robert Lawson, May Massee, Anne Thaxter Eaton, Ly This should be required reading for anyone who would work in the field of children's librarianship. Even the casual reader of vintage books will find much useful and fascinating information. While the names of Bertha Mahony and Louise Latimer are monumental in the world of children's literature (I don't know much about Beulah Folmsbee, though she was important at Horn Book), there are other important contributors who make this book extraordinary: Robert Lawson, May Massee, Anne Thaxter Eaton, Lynd Ward - and more. To have Lawson discussing Howard Pyle is just gold. And Massee, who was so integral to the field, presents "Developments of the Twentieth Century" - you couldn't ask for better. The very useful section on graphic processes (by Helen Gentry, founder of Holiday House) covers the historical development of the ways books are produced, but also addresses the pros and cons of the various methods - and names specific examples, some reproduced within this book and pointing to other books when necessary, so that the reader will be able to see what is being discussed. I own quite a few of the books from which the examples are taken, but I have to admit that I discovered that in some cases this book (even as a 1970 reprint) does a better job of reproducing the illustrations! Incidentally, the book itself is beautifully designed (by Beulah Folmsbee) - in many cases, it devotes a full page (with generous margins) to a single image. I can imagine that newer books might crowd these examples with wrapped text to save paper, but this massive volume (542 pages total) is relaxed and luxurious. I suppose I could wish for a signature of color plates, but perhaps that's just greedy....

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    Charlotte

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    Mark Flory

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    Serene

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    rêveur d'art

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    David

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    FitzFamily

  11. 5 out of 5

    Manybooks

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linden

  13. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

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