For more than two years–122 weeks to be exact–I participated in a weekly children’s book illustration (CBI) swap hosted by Marjan, a dedicated swapper from the Netherlands. Yes–Marjan hosted the swap every week for more than two years! That is quite a commitment, but, as expected, Marjan eventually ended the swaps. Her last CBI swap was hosted December 2015 and with her “blessing,” I’ve decided to continue the swaps. Before I begin the next season of the swaps, I thought I’d share with my blog audience the 125+ cards I received from June 16, 2013- January 4, 2016.
Since I can’t blog each postcard individually, I’m sharing the postcards in five parts in the order the postcards were received. The illustrators are from various parts of the world, including the Netherlands, Finland, Austria, England, and the United States. Hopefully, you’ll find some favorites from your childhood. For a closer look or for a little information on each card, click its image. Enjoy the sweetness!
Week 1: From Johanna (Netherlands). Miffy, Nijntje in Dutch, Illustration by Dick Bruna
Week 2: From Jenny, (USA). “The Snow Queen,” Illustration by Edmund Dulac, Stories from Hans Christian Anderen, 1911, from Once Upon a Time.
Week 2b: From Jenny (USA). Illustration by Margaret Tarrant. “Alice succeeded in getting her flamingo’s body tucked away, comfortably enough under her arm, but generally just as she had got its neck nicely straightened out, it would twist itself round and lookup into her face.” Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
Week 3: From Hannah (England). White Rabbit. Illustration by John Tenniel in The Nursery Alice by Lewis Carroll 1890
Week 4: From Marjan (Netherlands). Frog and Friends, Max Velthuijs
Week 5: From Natasa (Australia). Illustration by Warwick Goble for The Book of Fairy Poetry, edited by Dora Owen, 1920. “For the Nautilus is my boat/In which I over the waters float.”
Week 6: From Jenny (USA). Illustration by Warwick Goble for The Fairy Book by Dinah Mulock Craik, 1913. “Are you not sometimes called Rumpelstilzchen?”
Week 7: From Raven (Singapore). Illustration by Anita Jeram for Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, 1995.
Week 8: From Rita (USA). Illustration by Milo Winter, “Thumbelina,” Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, 1916. From Once Upon a Time.
Week 9: From San (Netherlands). Illustration by Fiep Westendorp. Jip and Janneke.
From Jetske (Netherlands). Frog, Kikker in Dutch. Illustration by Max Velthuijs
Week 11: From Marjan (Netherlands). Illustration by Hans de Beer, Little Polar Bear
Week 12: From Anicka (Netherlands). Miffy, Illustration by Dick Bruna
Week 13: From Sacha (Netherlands). “The Ebb and Flow Witch” or “The Witch Ebb and Flood,” from the Witches Fantasia series by Thea Tilton. Illustrator I. Bruno EA or Sylvia Bigolin
Week 14: From San (The Netherlands). Jip and Janneke. Illustration by Fiep Westerdorp.
Week 15: From Jetske (Netherlands). Illustration by Fiep Westendorp. Floddertje.
Week 16: From Sacha (Netherlands). Illustration by Brigida.
Week 17: From Aline (Belgium). Alice. Illustration by Gwenaelle Trolez.
Week 18: From Monique (Netherlands). The Witch Eucalypta and Krakras, her assistant the soup kitchen. Illustration by Jean Dulieu.
Week 19: From Noora (Finland). Moomin. Illustrated by Tove Jansson. Collaboration of Arabia (a famous tableware company in Finland) and Moomin.
Week 20: From Eve (Finland). Illustration by Mauri Kunnas
Week 21: From Marci (USA). The Very Quiet Cricket, Illustrated by Eric Carle.
Week 22: From Eve (Finland). “Children Need Us” for UNICEF. Illustrator information unreadable because of postal markings.
Week 23: From Hilary (USA). “The Frog Prince,” from Grimms’ Fariy Tales, 1922. Illustration by Anne Andersen.
Week 24:From Kirsten, Austria. “Davy.” Illustrated Eve Tharlet
Week 25: From Pek Mun (Malaysia). “Hunca Munca and Her Babies. From The Tale of Two Mice, Illustrated by Beatrix Potter.