As previously mentioned, I've offered to let readers guest post about some of their favorite children's books. Meet Jill who has recently taken on the mantel of attempting to chronicle her beloved collection on a blog called The Art of Children's Picture Books. Welcome her and have a fabulous day!
A Boy Named John
Ruth and Roland Tiemann ~ Platt & Monk, 1948
I don't think I could pick a favorite book of mine. When it comes to vintage children's picture books, I'm like a kid in a candy store. But I chose A Boy Named John for a guest post because I read it to my son, John, when he was young. It seems appropriate as Burgin's blog is about books that she finds and reads to her son.
For a child reading this, even now, it is entertaining while teaching about kids in other countries. An updated version of this would be really fab, because the concept is timeless and also I think, very appealing to children.
I like the layout of this book. On the left page of each spread there is a short snippet about what life was like for a boy who lived in that particular country. I think the handwriting with the small illustrations is fun and a nice contrast to the right hand page. This page shows a boy dressed in the style of his country with some architecture in the background. In the corner is the country's flag. Simple, neat, effective and well drawn!
My book doesn't have a dj, but I found one on Amazon and have included it. In doing a quick search I didn't find any information about Ruth or Roland Tiemann, but it appears Roland was the author and Ruth the illustrator.
I couldn't resist including a picture of my own John when he was little. Where did that little boy go to? Well, he's almost 17 and a junior in high school. Drives us crazy sometimes. (teenagers, sigh)
Hey, Burgin here. I did a little snooping about the authors as I'm kind of obsessed with the idea of two artists being married and working together.... seems so romantic, but anyways... the only real mention I could find was a brief one in the obituary of their son, a physicist who died in 2006 -- an only child with the middle name Johnson. If anyone knows anything about these two chime in, as any couples that live to be 94 and 96, respectively, should be applauded for their efforts!
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