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October 29, 2014

Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books

children's book illustration

I Am a Bunny, Chicken Little, The Lion’s Paw, There’s No Such Thing As a Dragon, Little Red Riding Hood

The exhibit of Little Golden Books artwork features images from more than 40 of the beloved children’s stories.
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The Memorial Art Gallery’s current exhibition presents the most extensive public showing ever of original illustration art from American publishing’s beloved picture-book series, Little Golden Books.

Launched in 1942—the first full year of America’s involvement in the World War II—Little Golden Books made for the first time high-quality illustrated books available at affordable prices to millions of young children and their parents. Among the artists who have contributed to the series Feodor Rojankovsky and Tibor Gergely; alumni of the Walt Disney Studios Gustaf Tenggren, Martin Provensen, J.P. Miller, and Mary Blair, who came East for the artistic freedom and control associated with picture-book making; and Americans Garth Williams, Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Richard Scarry, and Bob Staake.

Fifty-seven masterpieces of original illustration art by these and other artists—chosen from the vast Random House archive— will be featured in the exhibition, including examples from such picture-book classics as Tootle, Home for a Bunny, Five Little Firemen, The Color Kittens and I Can Fly.

The exhibit ends Jan. 4.

Little Golden Books Exhibition Programming

  •  2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2: conversation with Sidney Wilkin & Timothy J. Cosgriff on Golden Legacy artist Eloise Wilkin
  • 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5: “Especially for Educators”
  • 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6: Art & Story Stroll for ages 2 to 5 with adult accompaniment
  • Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9: Golden Books Family Day
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7: lecture by Karal Ann Marling on “How Golden Books Changed the Course of American Modernism”
  • 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11: Art & Story Stroll for ages 2 to 5 with adult accompaniment
  • Sundays afternoons throughout the show: community members will read from their favorite Golden Books.

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