Favourite illustrators: Paul Galdone

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I recommended this light-hearted Romance by the author of Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary, also set in Scotland, to Rachel yesterday – though my copy is in storage I remember how much I enjoyed it and loved the dustwrapper. In fact, I’ve been picking up any super cheap copies of the the Hungarian born, American illustrator Paul Galdone’s folktales whenever I see them in charity shops for the last few months. His versions are always sunny and witty, but are definitely in the “classic” tradition, and I’m hoping they’ll be useful for Miranda starting out teaching and building her own “primary library.” There are a few adult books that he has illustrated that I treasure as well. Not so easy to find reasonably priced attractive copies now I’m afraid, but well worth the search if you can find them on a charity shop shelf. Here’s a brief biography:

Paul Galdone was born circa 1907 in  Budapest, Austria- Hungary and immigrated to the  United States in 1921. Galdone studied art at the  Art Student’s League and  New York School for Industrial Design. He served in World War II in the U.S. Army, Engineers. The author and illustrator of children’s books also was employed as a bus boy, electrician’s helper, and fur dryer, in addition to four years in the art department at  Doubleday (NY). His work was awarded runner up for the Caldecott Medal (  Eve Titus,  Anatole, 1957 and  Anatole and the Cat, 1958) and selection by the  American Library Association for notable books (  The Little Red Hen,  Winter Danger, and  Flaming Arrows). He died of a heart attack on 7 November 1986, in  Nyack, NY.

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