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Baby Animals



Baby Animals

A Puppet Storybook

1969 -illustrations by Tadasu Izawa and Shigemi Hijikata


Inside Flap

I bought this book with two others by T. Izawa and S. Hijikata. The style of the others two books I bought were different from this one, so I didn’t realize at first what was missing from the front cover. I could see glue lines on the cover of Baby Animals and it definitely made me curious what the cover was supposed to look like.  I found out the cover art on many of the books from T. Izawa and S. Hijikata are done with a lenticular 3D card.  

Even though the cover on this was missing a part I was happy I had found a little set of books at a thrift store all from the same illustrators. Maybe they were dropped off by a family who once collected and loved these books with the whimsical photographic illustrations from T. Izawa and S. Hijikata. 

Back Cover

As I look into other books by these two artists, I’m amazed at the number of titles that were produced. There must have been endless days setting up shots in the studio for all the books –fun little details to work out and sets to design.

“…beautiful color illustrations of adorable puppets in lifelike poses that are en endless delight.”


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Little Friends



Little Friends

Storytime Pals Series

1971/1982 Illustrations by Tadasu Izawa and Shigemi Hijikata

LittleFriends Cover 1

Another fun book featuring some of my favorite things  –A board book and with photo illustrations. Although Little Friends is quite different from the cute photo board book The Farm. Little Friends is illustrated with puppet figures on a set, not photographs of real animals. I love the little created imaginary worlds. It reminds me a lot of my daughter’s play.

I found this book illustrated by Tadasu Izawa and Shigemi Hijikata and a few other of their books at various thrift stores.

I was shocked when I typed in the names of the illustrators and couldn’t find out anything about the them. We live in a time of  information ease, just do a quick search online and pages of information are right there waiting. The pages I found weren’t about the illustrators, but their many books. Maybe that’s enough though. Maybe that’s all the information they really wanted to leave behind, their work for others to enjoy. Together they have illustrated a great number of children’s books, all in the same signature style of photographed puppets. 

I have a few more of their titles in my collection of vintage children’s books. I’ll share them with you over the next 4 weeks.

LittleFriends spread




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On the Farm



The Farm 

A Golden Book

Published 1980

Cover photograph by M. Salamon

Back Cover by M. Barrows

Found: Salvation Army

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I was so excited when I found this little book at Salvation Army. It combines two of my favorite things in children’s books, it’s a board book and the story is told through photographs. A little gem to teach little ones all about a day on the farm.

My kiddos live in sunny south Florida, much of the farm life they know of is through books or what they’ve seen on T.V. One of our favorite family trips took us on a long drive from Detroit to Buffalo, winding through rural parts of beautiful Ohio along the way. The kids were mesmerized by the miles of farmland. True to the pictures they’d seen of farms, we saw sprawling fields with cattle grazing near big red barns. My sweet girl stared out her window, “Mom look! Are those real barns?” She was amazed to see the real deal in person. It’s one of my favorite memories from the trip.

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What are some of your favorite photo illustrated books? 


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Washington D.C.

Throwback Thursday ~Picture Books
I love finding old children’s books in thrift stores. It’s great discovering out of print books I’ve never seen before from authors I know (like Maurice Sendak) or books with a bit of history attached. And the artwork, all the illustrations from a time gone by–I love those too! Just incase those who say, ‘print is dead’ are right, I’ve started a small collection of vintage children’s books and I’d love to share them with you here. This is the first post in this series.  

It’s now day 10 of the government shutdown. While we all wait hopefully for good news from Washington, I’ve found something that may cheer you up.

Two treasures from one of my favorite Thrift shops-

The White House: An Historic Guide from the White House Historical Association (1963)


The First Book of the White House by Lois Perry Jones,  Illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher (1965 Franklin Watts, Inc.)

The White House


In the front of this book is a letter typed by Jacqueline Kennedy.

“This guidebook is for all of the people who visit the White House each year.”

She states, “It was planned – at first – for the children… But as research went on and so many little-known facts were gleaned from forgotten papers, it was decided to make it a book that could profit adults and scholars also.”

“On the theory that it never hurts a child to read something that may be above his head, and that books written down for children often do not awaken a dormant curiosity, this guidebook took its present form.

I hope our young visitors will vindicate this theory, find pleasure in the book, and know they were its inspiration.”

It was this letter from Jacqueline Kennedy that piqued my own curiosity in this book about The White House. As a writer of children’s books it’s fascinating to hear the story behind the story, what it is that inspires others to write. I love that her letter was included in the book.

the first book

The second book shares the history of The White House. It lists The White House Families from John Adam to Lyndon Baines Johnson. It’s also full of fun facts about the Presidents and what their daily lives were like while living in The White House.

Just a few of my favorites from the book:

•President Harding was handsome and jovial. He worked only two or three hours a day and loved to play golf and poker with his friends.

•During World War II, Mrs. Roosevelt often invited wounded servicemen in to tea.

•Our country was sixty-five years old before Congress decided that it should pay the salaries of the President’s staff. Then each year $2,500 was set aside for a secretary, $1,200 for a steward, and $900 for a messenger.

•President McKinley had a staff of twenty-seven, and about $44,500 was spent in a year for the White House Office. By then, the President received around 100 letters a day.

•Some White House employees may see the President only infrequently, such as the chief of correspondence, who each day measures how many feet of mail the President gets and sees that all the letters are answered…

I’m fascinated by the chief of correspondence who measured the mail and made sure all the letters were answered. I wonder what the policy on mail is today. Just imagine the change in how we communicate. It’s fun to look back at the history of it all.

What are some of your favorite historical children’s books?


The Storymaker’s Art


I love that I got to go see this exhibit. The Story Maker’s Art was on display at the Mark K. Wheeler Gallery at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Not only was there an exhibit, the illustrators came to the school for a panel discussion. It was great to be back at my old school again and be able to still pass for a student. Yep, I was talking to someone at the show and was asked when I would graduate. Always a plus considering I graduated over ten years ago.

The best part of the show was hearing from talented artists in the children’s book industry and listening to their advice to aspiring artists. No surprise was the advice that if you can write and illustrate your own childrens book you wouldn’t need to share an advance with artist and author. The thing that did surprise me was to hear an illustrator share that out of 50 books maybe about twelve have earned out their advance. As someone just starting out it’s good to hear from others who have been doing the process for a long time and gain some perspective.