Recent reading, A book about books

picture-12Golden legacy : how Golden Books won children's hearts, changed publishing forever, and became an American icon along the way / by Leonard S. Marcus

That's a long title but it's such a good book. I loved learning about how Golden Books became such a staple in several generations of childhoods. My interested is rooted in being a student of children's illustration and the publishing market. So many power houses of childrens illustration in the 50, 60s and 70s got their start at Golden Books. Mary Blair, Richard Scarry and Gustaf Tenggren to name just a few.

I can't guarantee that everyone would find this book as fascinating as I did but it will definitely bring back memories as you see all the old covers and illustrations. There was one book that when I saw the illustrations, I was taken back to being at my gramma's house. It was a Golden book that my Mom had had when she was a kid. It's so interesting how this one picture just wiggled out a long long forgotten experience and feeling.

The corresponding art exhibit is now at the Eric Carle Picture book musuem. If you have a change to see this, go! It was so good, the exhibit came through last year and I made the trek out to Aurora to see it. Worth it.

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