Monday, 7 January 2013

Picture Books

We are all big fans of picture books in our house.  When my daughter was young Damian and I would pour over books bought solely for their illustrations to read to Lula, many of which we kept as I couldn't bear to pat with them and all the memories they hold.  Each Christmas we seem to add a picture book or two,  (I think this was last year's purchase) and this year we discovered a couple of beauties.
The Fir Tree, Sanna Annuka
It is a typical Hans Christian Anderson sad and sorry moral tale with breath taking pictures. Sanna Annuka is a English/Finnish print designer who works for Marimekko as well as producing her own products.
 The shapes, colours and tessellation's are a delight, every page is a quilter's inspiration.

 The sun is possibly my favourite.

Damian found this book.  He is a big fab of creative paper cutting as well as fairy tales.  
The Fairy Tale Princess
 It is the newsprint that really grabs me and excites me in these pictures.  The princess and the pea is a treat.
 The Dancing Princesses...

 Sleeping Beauty...
 Both are a pleasure to read, you are never too old for a picture book.
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22 comments:

  1. We love picture books as well in our house and my daughter is 14! That Sun is amazing and inspiring. An equilateral triangle quilt is on ny list for this year, yet I didn't want to do the same thing as everyone else (I don't like to jump on bandwagons). I may have to spend some time at the drawing board to figure a center medallion design out. :) Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Wow! Thanks for sharing! I was so sad when my boys outgrew picture books. I could look at them all day! I saved some of MY favorites. The art work in them is often breathtaking. I may have to look these up and get copies of my own, or to share with my little nieces and nephews!

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  3. Wow those books are truly works of art in particular the last one with the pop up paper, amazing!

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  4. I totally agree we are never too old for picture books or to have someone read to us. I'm going to look for those books.
    Ann

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  5. Oh, those are both gorgeous! I love picture books too. I am happy to see that my nearly 10 year old still chooses some at the library along with his chapter books.

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  6. You've really found some lovely books there.

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  7. You are right- we are never too old for picture story books! You've found two beauties there!

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  8. wow those are some books. That used to be my favorite thing at Chanukah and going on holiday. I always bought my children exquisite pop-up books for those times of the year. I loved books then and still do now. I buy my grandchildren books.

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  9. Oh I love the look of both of these, the paper cutting one especially!

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  10. I don't know about you, but I see a lot of inspiration in those books that could be transferred to quilting as well!

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  11. Delightful, thanks for sharing

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  12. thank you so much for sharing these beautiful books, Kerry. I have now bought the Fairytale Princess book online, and popped back to say thank you for letting us know it exists!!

    The Hans Christian Anderson book looks beautiful too, such gorgeous images. My girls love the Sisters Grimm series, and we have been lucky enough to visit the HCA statue in Central Park, NYC, which has a very important role in one of the books.

    After your last post, about Lula and her love sushi/bento, I was prompted to buy a couple of small bento items for my girls too, for their lunchboxes when school starts again. take care, Catherine

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  13. I agree, there is something very magical about a good picture book no matter what your age! I couldn't have passed up either of those.

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  14. Fantastic illustrations! I used to look for great visual stimulating children's books too, as an aunt shopping for a prezzie... Thank you for sharing, Kerry!

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  15. That papercut book is amazing - I went right to amazon and ordered it! Love picture books to read to the grandkids, now that they are old enough to sit through them. Nothing quite like cuddling up with a warm child and a blanket for a nice read!

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  16. Hi Kerry! Thank you for showing your great new books! I'm so happy to hear about Finnish illustrator and her style looks very much 'marimekko'! I see there inspiration for patchwork - as you said the sun is best! Amazing paper works! x Teje

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  17. I am keeping an eye out for the Hans Christian book with the Sanna Annukka images. I can picture you capturing some of these pages in fabrics.

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  18. When all is said and done, picture books are still my very favorite type of literature. Thanks for sharing your awesome finds.

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  19. I have the same Fir Tree book, it is lovely. Have you seen the lovely Christmas Poetry books by Carol Ann Duffy, I have "Another Night before Christmas" and "Wenceslas" and the illustrations in these are beautiful. x

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  20. Those are amazing -- I love the Princess and the Pea!

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