Sunday, March 03, 2013

Maud and Miska Petersham: Iron and Steel



You can always tell a book which has been thought about properly in terms of both illustration and text when the illustrations go over two pages, as they do on many of the double page spreads in The Story Book of Iron and Steel by Maud and Miska Petersham, a 1930s children's book whose illustrations just screamed quality when it came across my desk the other day. I had not heard of the Petershams before but was not surprised to discover that many people have and hold them in high esteem: an award winning husband and wife team who worked throughout the first half of the twentieth century as author/illustrators and whose work is regarded as seminal in setting the direction of travel for children's book illustration. More, of course, at Wikipedia.






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