As I was writing postcards for Children’s Book Illustration Postcards swaps yesterday, I realized I hadn’t posted about the swaps in 11 months!
When I began the second series of the swaps, I’d planned to post about the cards received every two to four weeks. Today, I’m sending off swap #31, but the last time I shared was swap #12. I have a lot of catching up to do!
I hosts two children’s book illustration swaps on swap-bot every two weeks–a public swap that any swapper can join and a swap for members in the Book Lovers Congregate group. Needless to say, I have a nice stack of images to share. But instead of overwhelming you with images, I’ll try to share 2-10 postcards once or twice per week until I get caught up.
Today’s post features an eclectic collection of postcards sent from Germany, Israel, Sweden, and the Netherlands, but they share a bit of commonality–mischievous children and/or cute animals.
The first pair of cards, sent for swaps #13 (the group and public swaps), came from Lihior of Israel. You are probably familiar with Beatrix Potter and her series of children’s books, but if not, click an image for a closer look and details about the card.
Beatrix Potter and Benjamin Bouncer, 1891. Beatrix liked to take Benjamin around with her, but he had to be kept on a leash to protect him from cats.
From The Tale of Pigling Brand, 1913. Aunt Pettitoes and her piglets. “And they drink bucketfuls of milk; I shall have to get another cow!”
Roosje of the Netherlands and Sissi of Germany sent postcards for swaps #14. I’ve loved the “naughty toddlers” Jip and Janneke [Roosje] since a Postcrosser introduced them to me many years ago.
Jip and Janneke. Written by Annie M.G. Schmidt. Illustrated Fiep Westendorp
Pettson and the cute cat Findus [Sissi] are quickly finding a place in my heart.
Pettson and Findus. Author/Illustrator, Sven Nordqvist
For swaps #15, Stargazer008 of Germany sent another Pettson and Findus (same card as above), and Lihior sent “The Frog King.”
“The Frog King”
Finally, for swaps #16, Lihior sent a postcard from the World of Eric Carle postcard collection. (Poor Lihior, she couldn’t shake me for a few weeks).
Eric Carle, Draw Me a Star, 1992
And Pei04, from Sweden, sent a Pippi Longstocking illustration. This one brought back fond memories of the Saturday afternoons I spent absorbed in the Pippi books when I was a little girl.
Pippi Langstrump by Astrid Lindgren. Illustrated by Ingrid Vang Nyman
The illustrated postage stamps on the back of a couple of Lihior’s postcards rivaled the postcards for attention.
Postage from Israel: (L) “The Fox in the Vineyard.” “R) “The Reed and the Cedar.”
Postage from Israel
Don’t you love how each panel tells a story?
That’s it for today. Look for more children’s book illustration postcards next week. Enjoy!