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Many of our most cherished childhood memories recall the pleasure of sitting in a big comfy chair while a doting parent reads from a lovingly illustrated picture book. Jack and the Bean Stalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Robinson Crusoethe colorful illustrations that decorated the pages of these stories remain forever captured in the minds eye. Once Upon a Time reawakens the j Many of our most cherished childhood memories recall the pleasure of sitting in a big comfy chair while a doting parent reads from a lovingly illustrated picture book. Jack and the Bean Stalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Robinson Crusoethe colorful illustrations that decorated the pages of these stories remain forever captured in the minds eye. Once Upon a Time reawakens the joys of childhood reading, of seeing a story come alive in words and pictures on the printed pageand in our nascent imaginations. Drawing upon the extraordinary collection of Victorian-era illustrated books amassed by Arthur and Ellen Liman, it presents fairy tales and fables, nursery rhymes, instructional books, juvenile fiction, histories, and manners manuals. Created through a variety of illustration techniques and printing processes, most are beautifully colored. Many are also animated with moveable parts. These striking objects are accompanied by brief texts that place them within their era and illuminate the rise of children's literature in America as a cultural phenomenon related to the growth of literacy, an increase in leisure time, and an understanding of the "infant mind." The moral of this story: learning your ABCs can be a visual pleasure.


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Many of our most cherished childhood memories recall the pleasure of sitting in a big comfy chair while a doting parent reads from a lovingly illustrated picture book. Jack and the Bean Stalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Robinson Crusoethe colorful illustrations that decorated the pages of these stories remain forever captured in the minds eye. Once Upon a Time reawakens the j Many of our most cherished childhood memories recall the pleasure of sitting in a big comfy chair while a doting parent reads from a lovingly illustrated picture book. Jack and the Bean Stalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Robinson Crusoethe colorful illustrations that decorated the pages of these stories remain forever captured in the minds eye. Once Upon a Time reawakens the joys of childhood reading, of seeing a story come alive in words and pictures on the printed pageand in our nascent imaginations. Drawing upon the extraordinary collection of Victorian-era illustrated books amassed by Arthur and Ellen Liman, it presents fairy tales and fables, nursery rhymes, instructional books, juvenile fiction, histories, and manners manuals. Created through a variety of illustration techniques and printing processes, most are beautifully colored. Many are also animated with moveable parts. These striking objects are accompanied by brief texts that place them within their era and illuminate the rise of children's literature in America as a cultural phenomenon related to the growth of literacy, an increase in leisure time, and an understanding of the "infant mind." The moral of this story: learning your ABCs can be a visual pleasure.

45 review for Once Upon a Time: Illustrations from Fairytales, Fables, Primers, Pop-Ups, and Other Children's Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures available at parkablogs.com) Here's a nostalgic book authored by Amy Weinstein, a curator. She has collected a great amount of children books published by McLoughlin Brothers. There are many classics like Mother Goose, Tom Thumb and other less well known stories. Right at the start is an introduction to McLoughlin Brothers and the history of children books. The illustrations are collected in the book, with captions. Children books in the past has a very unique artistic style, wi (More pictures available at parkablogs.com) Here's a nostalgic book authored by Amy Weinstein, a curator. She has collected a great amount of children books published by McLoughlin Brothers. There are many classics like Mother Goose, Tom Thumb and other less well known stories. Right at the start is an introduction to McLoughlin Brothers and the history of children books. The illustrations are collected in the book, with captions. Children books in the past has a very unique artistic style, with respect to colouring and penciling. Throughout the book, the captions also explain the various influences on the books, such as the appearance of flags to show patriotism. This book will serve as a useful reference for artists into children illustrations. This review was first published on parkablogs.com. There are more pictures and videos on my blog.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I loved flipping through these vintage illustrations, although they were not as varied as I'd expected. I loved flipping through these vintage illustrations, although they were not as varied as I'd expected.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bee

    Beautiful book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Engle

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Collver

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo Angélico

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gina

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christoph Hellmuth

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maya

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Giles

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mali

  15. 5 out of 5

    musicbox (archived)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anne E Ronan

  17. 5 out of 5

    John

  18. 5 out of 5

    Valentin Eni

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura Campbell

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kate Forner

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mira

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ann Keller

  23. 5 out of 5

    BrocheAroe

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    kind of one-dimensional. lovely illustrations, but all with the same look.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

  27. 5 out of 5

    Oksana

  28. 4 out of 5

    Psychopu

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Hulser

  30. 5 out of 5

    David

  31. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

  32. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  33. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

  34. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

  35. 5 out of 5

    Hen

  36. 4 out of 5

    Siddartha

  37. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  38. 5 out of 5

    Maite Alonso

  39. 4 out of 5

    Garry

  40. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  41. 5 out of 5

    Erica

  42. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

  43. 5 out of 5

    Craig Swanson

  44. 4 out of 5

    Joan

  45. 4 out of 5

    Debdunk

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