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Bradfield was born in White Bear, Minnesota, in 1924. He launched his career with the advertising agency Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He then spent several years working in England and France, where he did humorous illustrations for Punch and Good Housekeeping magazines. He returned to the U.S. and opened his own commercial art studio in 1953. Among the many awards garnered at this stage of his career was the prestigious National Fashion Academy Gold Medal for his work in package design.
A successful creator of children's books, he has won awards for his writing and illustration in this field and has had his books chosen as Junior Literary Guild selections. Bradfield is perhaps best-known for writing and illustrating the comic strip Dooley's World, which was syndicated world-wide by King Features.
Upon retiring in 1988, Bradfield has been able to spend a great deal of time painting - mostly in watercolor. Since then he has sketched in Greece, Norway, Portugal, Italy, France, Spain and Mexico, gathering subjects for his paintings. He says, "When someone looks at one of my paintings I want them to get the impression that I had fun doing it and that I did it almost without effort. That's really the hardest part - making it look easy.
When asked of what he was most proud Bradfield answered easily, "My kids. There are five of them and they are all happy, successful and well-adjusted. More importantly, they love one another...and each has found a wonderful mate." When asked what he valued the most in life, he replied, "Same answer - my kids...along with my wife, Joan. I have absolutely no doubt that she is the sweetest, most agreeable person in the world."
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How can you not love this book? It's been reprinted so many times for a reason :)Published 3 months ago by Jane Doe
I had this book read to me as a child. I bought it for my kids, my daughter has sentimental issues. I had to purchase another one for my step-daughter. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeanie Reich
I grew up with this book. This was everyone's favorite book at my Grandma's house. So glad to see it is still in print!!Published 4 months ago by Shannon W
I can't believe that I have never read this book before now and I'm in my 40"s. My kids love it and it is sure to be a classic in our house now. Read morePublished 5 months ago by happyday
I love this book and the others by the same author. Buying them now for my grandchildren.Published 5 months ago by Jan