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Reads tagged with “illustration”

Trees at Night: Stunning Rorschach Silhouettes from the 1920s
Trees at Night: Stunning Rorschach Silhouettes from the 1920s

“Aside from the appearance of a tree by day or night, is it not kin of the human family with its roots in the earth and its arms stretching toward the sky as if to seek and to know the great mystery?”

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Do You See What I See? A Poetic Vintage Art-Science Primer on the Building Blocks of the Perceptual World
Do You See What I See? A Poetic Vintage Art-Science Primer on the Building Blocks of the Perceptual World

A lovely illustrated serenade to a world strewn with “lines making patterns of beauty.”

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Planting Trees as Resistance and Empowerment: The Remarkable Illustrated Story of Wangari Maathai, the First African Woman to Win the Nobel Peace Prize
Planting Trees as Resistance and Empowerment: The Remarkable Illustrated Story of Wangari Maathai, the First African Woman to Win the Nobel Peace Prize

“A tree is a little bit of the future.”

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Moon: A Peek-Through Picture-Book About the Most Beloved Fixture of the Night Sky
Moon: A Peek-Through Picture-Book About the Most Beloved Fixture of the Night Sky

A sweet illustrated serenade to our eternal nocturnal companion and how it unites creaturely lives of great difference under its soft light.

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Arthur Rackham’s Stunning 1926 Illustrations for “The Tempest”
Arthur Rackham’s Stunning 1926 Illustrations for “The Tempest”

“Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”

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What If: An Illustrated Celebration of the Utopian Imagination and the Will to Change the World
What If: An Illustrated Celebration of the Utopian Imagination and the Will to Change the World

To be or not to be, bravely answered through the lens of could be.

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The Lost Words: An Illustrated Dictionary of Poetic Spells Reclaiming the Language of Nature
The Lost Words: An Illustrated Dictionary of Poetic Spells Reclaiming the Language of Nature

From acorn to wren, a vibrant encyclopedia of enchantments reweaving our broken web of belonging with the rest of nature.

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My Heart: An Emotional Intelligence Primer in the Form of an Uncommonly Tender Illustrated Poem About Our Capacity for Love
My Heart: An Emotional Intelligence Primer in the Form of an Uncommonly Tender Illustrated Poem About Our Capacity for Love

“My heart is a shadow, a light and a guide. Closed or open… I get to decide.”

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Jacqueline Woodson’s Lovely Letter to Children About Kindness, Presence, and How Books Transform Us
Jacqueline Woodson’s Lovely Letter to Children About Kindness, Presence, and How Books Transform Us

“Why are you kissing me in the middle of the sentence?!”

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Alain de Botton’s Lovely Letter to Children About Why We Read
Alain de Botton’s Lovely Letter to Children About Why We Read

“We wouldn’t need books quite so much if everyone around us understood us well.”

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