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Baby Animals

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Baby Animals

A Puppet Storybook

1969 -illustrations by Tadasu Izawa and Shigemi Hijikata

Cover

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

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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.

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