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Reads tagged with “vintage children’s books”

The Best Illustrated Children’s Books and Picture Books of 2012
The Best Illustrated Children’s Books and Picture Books of 2012

From Indian folk art to neuroscience, by way of Saul Bass, James Joyce, and die-cut Cold War allegories.

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Thoughtful Alphabets: Edward Gorey’s Lost Cryptic 26-Word Illustrated Stories
Thoughtful Alphabets: Edward Gorey’s Lost Cryptic 26-Word Illustrated Stories

A delightfully dark journey into the love of language.

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Edward Gorey Illustrates Little Red Riding Hood and Other Classic Children’s Stories
Edward Gorey Illustrates Little Red Riding Hood and Other Classic Children’s Stories

An irreverent take on some of history’s most beloved storytelling.

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The Gnomes of Gnù: Umberto Eco Teaches Kids About Ecology Through Abstract Art
The Gnomes of Gnù: Umberto Eco Teaches Kids About Ecology Through Abstract Art

A beautiful allegory about ecological collapse and salvation.

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Ounce Dice Trice: Exploring the Whimsy of Words in Extraordinary Names for Ordinary Things
Ounce Dice Trice: Exploring the Whimsy of Words in Extraordinary Names for Ordinary Things

Cartography for the land of linguistic imagination.

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How to Be a Grouch: A Vintage Sesame Street Guide to Grumpiness
How to Be a Grouch: A Vintage Sesame Street Guide to Grumpiness

“If you want to be a grouch, it helps to be tired and grumpy, so — get a bad night’s sleep!”

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Kay Nielsen’s Stunning 1914 Scandinavian Fairy Tale Illustrations
Kay Nielsen’s Stunning 1914 Scandinavian Fairy Tale Illustrations

Haunting whimsy from the Golden Age of illustration.

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Alligators All Around: A Maurice Sendak Alphabet Book from 1962
Alligators All Around: A Maurice Sendak Alphabet Book from 1962

Juggling jellybeans, keeping kangaroos, and other shockingly spoiled yackety-yacking.

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To Do: Gertrude Stein’s Posthumous Alphabet Book
To Do: Gertrude Stein’s Posthumous Alphabet Book

“Don’t bother about the commas which aren’t there, read the words. Don’t worry about the sense that is there, read the words faster.”

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The Human Body: What It Is and How It Works, in Vibrant Vintage Illustrations circa 1959
The Human Body: What It Is and How It Works, in Vibrant Vintage Illustrations circa 1959

“Two hearts could provide enough energy to drive a truck around the world in two years.”

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