I returned to work today for Faculty and Staff Colloquium, two days of energizing panels and discussions to start the academic year “right.” I’ve had a restful summer, and even though I wouldn’t scoff at an extra week or two, I’m looking forward to a new school year. I love my job. I love my students. I love my colleagues. Most of the time. Since I’m sure life will be insane over the next few weeks before classes begin, I thought I’d better share some of my mail goodies now.
I enjoyed a steady stream of “bookish” postcards throughout July, but today I’ll focus only on those related to children’s literature.
Alice in Wonderland, Mary Evans Picture Library
I sent and received four Alice in Wonderland postcards within the last month. There are so many AiW images out there and it’s been a treat to examine the various artistic interpretations of the characters. This one was sent by Hannah in England. It came from the British Film Institute in London. Hannah recently finished her degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and she’s on her way to a Master’s in English Literature (congrats!)–obviously a literature lover, like me! You can check out Hannah’s blog here: Just Another WordPress.Com Site. If you’re interested in two of the other AiW postcards, see my previous post, The Happy, Happy Mail Month.
Warwick Goble (1962-1943). “Are you not sometimes called Rumpelstilzchen?” for The Fairy Tale Book by Dinah Mulock Craik, 1913. from Goble’s Fairy Paintings: 24 Art Cards
Charles Robinson, “The Remarkable Rocket,” The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wild, 1913. From Once Upon a Time
Jenny, who also sent two children’s literature postcards last month, sent “Rumpelstilzchen and “The Remarkable Rocket.” I love adding these wonderful images to my collection of literary postcards! I actually sent these very images to others, so it’s nice to “get them back”–stamped and written on! : -)
From Frog by Max Velthuijs
Marjan, from the Netherlands, sent this one. She has been coordinating a series of Children’s Book Illustration swaps, driven by her love for art designed to appeal to children. I missed one of the swaps, so she was kind enough to send me “Frog.” I wished I’d encountered the Frog books earlier. My little one will think of them as a “baby books” now (He snubbed many of the books on the summer reading list his school sent for this very reason). He is partial to frogs, so we’ll see.
Here are the children’s literature postcards I sent this month:
Gertrude Alice Kay, from All Aboard for Wonderland, 1917.
Ruth Mary Hallock, from Fact and Story Readers: Primer, 1930.
Gertrude Alice Kay, “Moonlight Mermaids, “from When the Sandman Comes, 1916
Beatrix Potter (1846-1943), The Tale of Pigling Bland
Four of these postcards (Burd, Kay, Hallock) came from American Women Children’s Illustrators, a collection of 30 amazing oversized postcards.
I sent one more–
Toy Story 2, Storyboard by Jill Culton, from The Art of Pixar: 100 Postcards Collectible Postcards, published by Chronicle Books
Toy Story 2 isn’t a book, but the film was designed for children and this is one of my favorite images. AND–we had to include a quote from a book written for children. Since my send-to partner is an AiW fan, I chose a bit of the March Hare’s “wisdom”: “Ah, that’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” Enough said.
I love the enchanted stories and stunning, fanciful images. My little one provides many opportunities for me to revisit well-loved tales and fall in love with new ones. We thoroughly enjoy reading classic children’s stories, cultural myths and tales and studying the illustrations, but his latest thrills are the Diaries of a Wimpy Kid, Diaries of a Sixth Grade Ninja and The Diaries of a Superhero Kid. (He’s a little miffed that Superhero Kid 4 hasn’t come out yet). The Diaries are pretty hilarious–even though the characters usually engage in awful behavior and use “bad” grammar! It warms my heart to hear his hearty laughter while he’s reading. He also reads comic books voraciously, so I’m grateful for the public libraries that provide a steady supply of kid-friendly comics.
That’s it for now. Tune in next time for more “bookish” postcards…Maybe.