Sunday, September 4, 2011

Some Original Leonard Weisgard Illustrations for Hailstones and Halibut Bones

At some point in my online travels I saw Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O'Neill (1961) recommended for color study, but in reading about it I discovered the current edition for sale has new illustrations and that the original illustrator was Leonard Weisgard. Leonard Weisgard was a frequent illustrator for Margaret Wise Brown and he's just a legend and I don't like these new-fangled fangles!

I restrained myself from ordering it online, and once again Used Book Providence provided, with a very nice copy appearing today at the used bookstore.

Interestingly, the back cover says simply: "This book has been recommended by the American Library Association, Association for Childhood Education International, Best Books for Children, Center for Children's Books, Child Study Association of American, Horn Book, Library Journal, National Council of Teachers of English, H.W. Wilson."

Anyway, Hailstones and Halibut Bones is series of poems on important colors (purple, gold, black, brown, blue, gray, white, orange, red, pink, green, yellow), and the poetry is as much the point of it as is the color study, and I do so love torturing Jackson with poems.

Like acrobats on a high trapeze
The Colors pose and bend their knees
Twist and turn and leap and blend
Into shapes and feelings without end

Anyway, if you're interested in the original illustrations for this book, here are a handful of selections:

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