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A Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books Hardcover – August 7, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
it used to be fairly difficult to find some of the books in this volume, and to have them all in one place, and in such a large format, is a treasure, indeed!
the books in this volume are as follows:
i can fly (the only book i previously owned out of this collection)
the golden book of little verses
the up and down book (a book i had never heard of before and an art style of hers i had never seen)
selections from the new golden song book:
hymns and carols
the foreward is a great bit of information on a truly remarkable lady who was talented beyond measure. her exceptional use of color and shape are present throughout, especially in the following instances:
p.39 has a cheeky goat that is VERY reminiscent of 'it's a small world.'
p.56/57 shows her great use of whimsy and angles.
p.80/81 has a VERY mary blair almost overwhelming exploding art in your face-ness. i love it. there is so much to see.
p.99 shows several beautiful bubbles similar to her concept art for the 'sing sweet nightengale' sequence from 'cinderella.'
p.114 shows a work that represents some of her best art: bright colors on a dark background. the shading is beautiful.
p. 128 is a great representation of her monochromatic art. blues and silvers never looked so lovely.
there has never been an artist even close to mary blair. the way she used colors, the way she painted children and creatures, the way she created whimsy with ease.Read more ›
John Canemaker's forward provides his usual insight and knowledge. He authored the now out-of-print 'The Art and Flair of Mary Blair', so this is every bit as much a supplement to that definitive book. If you have a copy of that, you're very lucky.
What needs to be said about the work itself? It's perfect. Mary was a genius of illustration, color, and design. There's a reason she was one of Walt Disney's favorite artists and still massively influential. Great to have this sublime and glorious body of work all in one place for a steal of a price. It was long overdue.
Highest recommendation for art students or just fans of fine illustration.
Let me preface this review with a little bit from my background. I'm an art lover with a Fine Arts Drawing degree and years of experience in the graphic design field. This book is truly a treasury in the finest sense of the word. Mary Blair had a unique style that set much of Disney's early work apart. Some of the art is deceptively child-like while portraying imaginary worlds that only Mary could convey. Years later, her work was imitated and mimicked to great effect. One of her most ardent admirers is Genndy Tartakovsky of Clone Wars fame. The creator of such cartoon staples as Dexter's Lab, The Powerpuff Girls, and Samurai Jack exhibits an unabashed appreciation of the simplicity and artistry of Mary Blair's style. Modern illustration mirroring past influences. Many modern cartoonists and illustrators also borrow from the Mary Blair handbook. In this tome you can find much of what inspired them. And added plus is that my two kids love reading the stories and enjoy the pictures.
Fans of great illustration and classic Disney rejoice. This Mary Blair Treasure will satiate even the most jaded reader, ...and the kids love it!
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...!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It seemed a little "old school" at first, but my granddaughter brings it out to read again and again.Published 5 months ago by Irish513
Love this book! We are HUGE Mary Blair fans and this book was perfect for us, love all the stories, verses and songs! Read morePublished 8 months ago by MH
I bought this during a bout of wishing I were Mary Blair.
The reproductions sometimes leave a little to be desired (I think some pictures are reprinted larger than they were... Read more
What a wonderful book. I bought this book because my daughter loves the I Can Fly story. There are so many wonderful stories and songs included in this book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Viking