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Tales for Little Rebels: Radical Politics in Famous Children’s Books
Tales for Little Rebels: Radical Politics in Famous Children’s Books

What Dr. Seuss has to do with gender politics, or how Carl Sandburg carried out anti-war propaganda.

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Dime-Store Alchemy: Joseph Cornell’s Surrealist Shadow Boxes
Dime-Store Alchemy: Joseph Cornell’s Surrealist Shadow Boxes

Finding surrealist inspiration in found objects, or what a parrot has to do with aesthetic theory.

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Queenslander: Gorgeous Vintage Australian Illustrated Covers
Queenslander: Gorgeous Vintage Australian Illustrated Covers

Visual vignettes of the mundane and the monumental from 1920s and 1930s Australia.

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Animated Adaptation of The Giving Tree Narrated by Shel Silverstein to Celebrate a New Posthumous Book
Animated Adaptation of The Giving Tree Narrated by Shel Silverstein to Celebrate a New Posthumous Book

Never-before-seen treats from the beloved children’s author, and a rare chance to hear his spoken voice.

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The Night Life of Trees: Exquisite Handmade Illustrations Based on Indian Mythology
The Night Life of Trees: Exquisite Handmade Illustrations Based on Indian Mythology

What ancient Indian mythology has to do with fair-trade entrepreneurship and the timeless love of books.

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Parastou Forouhar: Art, Life and Death in Iran
Parastou Forouhar: Art, Life and Death in Iran

Turning tragedy into a source of creativity, or why art doesn’t have to be street art to be politically subversive.

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