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Reads tagged with “vintage children’s books”

Homer for Young Readers: The Provensens’ Vibrant Vintage Illustrations for the Iliad & Odyssey
Homer for Young Readers: The Provensens’ Vibrant Vintage Illustrations for the Iliad & Odyssey

Ancient Greek mythology meets mid-century art.

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Open House for Butterflies: Ruth Krauss’s Final and Loveliest Collaboration with Maurice Sendak
Open House for Butterflies: Ruth Krauss’s Final and Loveliest Collaboration with Maurice Sendak

“Krauss books can be bridges between the poor dull insensitive adult and the fresh, imaginative, brand-new child.”

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Alice and Martin Provensen’s Stunning Vintage Illustrations for Twelve Classic Fairy Tales
Alice and Martin Provensen’s Stunning Vintage Illustrations for Twelve Classic Fairy Tales

From “The Happy Prince” to “The Beauty and the Beast,” by way of feminism and art history.

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Gorgeous Vintage and Modern Illustrations from Aldous Huxley’s Only Children’s Book
Gorgeous Vintage and Modern Illustrations from Aldous Huxley’s Only Children’s Book

A brave old world of beautiful art and subtle undertones of misogyny.

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The Cat and the Devil: Rare Illustrations from James Joyce’s Little-Known Children’s Story
The Cat and the Devil: Rare Illustrations from James Joyce’s Little-Known Children’s Story

Gerald Rose’s wonderful drawings depicting Joyce himself as the satanic protagonist of his irreverent children’s book.

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I’ll Be You and You Be Me: A Vintage Ode to Friendship and the Imagination, Illustrated by Young Maurice Sendak
I’ll Be You and You Be Me: A Vintage Ode to Friendship and the Imagination, Illustrated by Young Maurice Sendak

“Indescribably lovely and absolutely perfect and — well, pure in the best sense.”

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