Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Gingerbread Man


The Gingerbread Man
illustrated by Bonnie and Bill Rutherford
Golden Press, 1963


This past Tuesday, Bill Rutherford died at 89 years old. According to his obituary, he was an artist, an insurance salesman, a loving husband to Bonnie and a father of four, a grandfather of 11 and a great-grandfather of six. I adored this book when I was little, as I'm sure countless other children did way back when. Today, I raise a glass and tip my hat to a life well-loved and a legacy that will live on in the hearts of his own children as well as the children he did not know, whose lives he touched all the same. Rest in peace, my friend.


4 comments:

Amanda said...

Wonderful illustrations.

bee said...

That is sad news, but he will live on in his wonderful illustrations, which I'm sure will be enjoyed by children for generations to come. The illustrations in The Gingerbread Man are simply divine.

Nan said...

You have defied time and space by transporting me back to happy memories.

Linda said...

I also adored this book! I have been searching and searching for so many of my childhood favorite books -- with VERY little success -- but here is one, so thank you so much for putting this online!

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