Sunday, 20 December 2009

The lure of illustrated children's books

‘The Sparrow’s Nest’ John Bewick
"Few things evoke childhood memories as powerfully as picture books. Jenny Uglow looks at favourites old and new."

Article by Jenny Uglow in Saturday's Guardian. You can read it by clicking here.
"Soon London publishers such as John Newbery were producing tiny books such as the Little Pretty-Pocket Book, the size of a child's hand. At the same time the great French fairytales were translated into English, soon followed by the exotic Arabian Nights. These, too, appeared in children's editions, often with tiny postage-stamp pictures, like early comic strips, but occasionally with fine illustrations such as the meticulous wood-engravings of Thomas and John Bewick."

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