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Academy Award-winning animator John Canemaker—author of The Art and Flair of Mary Blair—wrote the foreword for this highly anticipated book honoring one of the most beloved illustrators of our time.
Posted August 6, 2013
I bought this book because I remember owning as a child a Golden Book collection that featured Mary Blair's "I Can Fly". All the stories in that book were very good, but I remember Blair's work the most of all. In the "Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books", the illustrations are bigger, and, therefore, even better. I think parts of the Golden Book of Little Verses were also in my childhood book, because I remember some of the illustrations, but none of the text. Two of the stories in this collection are completely new to me.
Anyone who has been to Disney World or Land has seen Mary Blair's work. Yup, it's a small world. Really -- "It's a Small World"; which explains why the animatrons are so charming even if the song is so annoying. Also, her work heavily influenced Disney's "Alice in Wonderland", which probably explains why it is my favorite Disney animated film. And "Ichabod Crane", another film with intriguing illustration.
It wasn't until I flipped to the songs in the back of the book that I realized that I already owned something quite spectacular: The New Golden Song Book, illustrated by Mary Blair, from 1955. My copy was loved and used quite a bit before I inherited it, but still...!