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About the Author

Deceased. MARY BLAIR (1911-1978) is revered in both the children's animation and illustration industries. For nearly four decades, she was involved with many important Disney projects. She created the concept paintings for the animated films Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland, and designed the 1964-65 New York World's Fair exhibit "It's a Small World." Mary Blair illustrated only a few picture books, but they include one of the best-loved classic Little Golden Books: I Can Fly.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037587044X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375870446
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mindful Consumer on August 15, 2012
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having loved mary blair and her inimitable art for many, many years, i was delighted to find out this book was being released!

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:

baby's house
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:
nursery songs
singing games
hymns and carols
cradle songs
folk songs
patriotic songs

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By diznicrazi on August 15, 2012
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I was super excited to see this was coming out and even more excited when it came in the mail! I imagined this as a Little Golden Book size however it is much larger. This allows for the art to be larger. Colors are bright. This will be more of a coffee table book rather than a storybook! If you are a Disney or Mary Blair fan you must add this to your collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lance Falk on December 7, 2012
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What a treat this was. All of Mary's brilliant (and expensively hard to find) Golden Books collected in a nice hardback.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kort TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2013
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I cannot say enough good things about this treasury of Mary Blair's Golden Book work. The volume itself is sturdy, well produced, and shows off her art in the very best light. It's a quality tome that would be at home in a private library, on a coffee table, or in your children's book collection.

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!

~ Kort
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Psyche on November 5, 2012
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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...!
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