I told my mother last week, "You know, I almost stole something once - a textbook from back in the fifth grade."
My mother gasped.
I said, "Don't worry. I didn't do it."
But, I remember. I was very tempted. By the illustrations!
It was KALEIDOSCOPE, a Houghton Mifflin Reader.
Is this not the best cover ever?!
Recently, I found a copy of KALEIDOSCOPE in a used bookstore. I bought it, brought it home, and laid it carefully on my drawing board.
And then ...
I began to peruse the credits.
Imagine my surprise when I found out that all of these groovy textbook and section illustrations were the early work of none other than acclaimed Caldecott Medalist - Jerry Pinkney of "The Lion & The Mouse" fame.
I was so affected by those pictures. Some things stay with you.
Jerry Pinkney has illustrated over one hundred books, received five Caldecott honors, the Caldecott Medal for "The Lion & The Mouse," five Coretta Scott King Awards, four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, and five New York Times "Best Illustrated Books."
And, of course, now, the fantastic "YOU WERE MY HERO IN FIFTH GRADE" AWARD from me!
|Jerry Pinkney Signing My Book 2011|
|Jerry Pinkney Signs My iPad|
Carolyn Dee Flores