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The picture book comes of age : looking at childhood through the art of illustration
Schwarcz, Joseph H.
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Chicago : American Library Association, 1991.
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xiii, 217 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Central Library NC965 .S28 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Central Library NC965 .S28 1991 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
Central Library NC965 .S28 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Joseph Schwarcz has gathered together a collection of his essays on picture book illustration in this work. These essays examine how the art of children's books communicates a message whether standing alone or in conjunction with text. This collection is international in scope and includes reproductions of examples of picture book illustration.

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The late Joseph Schwarcz, author of Ways of the Illustrator: Visual Communication in Children's Literature, continues his thought-provoking look at children's picture books. Calling the picture book an "irresistible medium," he claims it is on its way to becoming a new, exquisite art form. With that for introduction, Schwarcz takes readers on a stimulating, intense journey, exploring the words and images of Ezra Jack Keats' Whistle for Willie; delving into such topics as stress, love, the threat of war, and social injustice; and concluding with an analysis of Maurice Sendak's trilogy. All are made meaningful through specific comments about particular books and numerous accompanying illustrations. (Schwarcz died before he could complete his work; longtime friend Betsy Hearne tells in a poignant introduction that this manuscript was finished by his wife.) A mesmerizing study that all students of children's literature as well as anyone interested in visual literacy will want to read. ~--Barbara Elleman

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