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 rounds 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. this book is an inexpensive way to experience her art and expose the younger audience to it as well. i found the binding and the smooth pages to be of good construct and the images are even suitable to framing if one so desired.
and the book smells really good, too. :)
if you are a fan of mary blair, art, or children's books, you simply can not go wrong with this volume!