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Reading in the heat

Reading in the heat

23rd July 2013

I’m always drawn to books for teaching children to read.  This one seems apt this week, with its being so hot: Calo et Lili apprennent à lire, a book specially designed for use in the French territories of the Pacific, published in Nouméa (the capital of the Melanesian island of New Caledonia) in 1962. Aside from the illustrations, by […]

Silhouettes

Silhouettes

27th December 2012

I’ve seen lots of silhouettes before, but never anything quite like this: a wonderful combination of hand-crafted image and handwritten verse produced in Germany c.1860, with 12 exquisitely-executed full-page silhouette illustrations cut from black varnished paper and mounted on pressed oak and chestnut leaves. The book is a poem entitled Die Blätter erzählen (‘The leaves are telling’), written […]

The Adventures of Congo

The Adventures of Congo

24th April 2012

The week before last I was in New York.  Last week I was back in England, and now it’s off to Paris on Thursday.  This children’s book has similar Anglo-American-French connections.  It’s the first edition in French (1826) of The Adventures of Congo in Search of his Master; an American Tale by the children’s writer Eliza Farrar. […]

American stories for Soviet children

American stories for Soviet children

10th April 2012

As I’m in New York this week, I thought I’d post a suitable book: the first edition in Russian of City Stories told by City Children as they go exploring New York (1928), ‘told from time to time to Miss [Florence E.] Matthews by her seven-year-olds at the Lincoln School’.  The talented young translator, Mikhail […]