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A Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books [Hardcover]

John Canemaker

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20 Sep 2012 Golden Books
Fans of illustrator Mary Blair will cherish this never-before-published treasury of her Golden Books, which includes material that hasn't been in print in decades. I Can Fly is here in its unabridged glory, as are Baby's House, The Up and Down Book, and The Golden Book of Little Verses. Many of the finest pages from The New Golden Song Book are included, to round out this gorgeous collection. All of the original artwork has been digitally reproduced, and has never looked more breathtaking!

Academy Award-winning animator John Canemaker—author of The Art and Flair of Mary Blair—wrote the foreword for this highly anticipated book honoring one of the most beloved illustrators of our time.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books Publishing Company, Inc. (20 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037587044X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375870446
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 23.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful homage to mary blair's whimsical children's art! 16 Aug 2012
By Mindful Consumer - Published on Amazon.com
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having loved mary blair and her inimitable art for many, many years, i was delighted to find out this book was being released!

it used to be fairly difficult to find some of the books in this volume, and to have them all in one place, and in such a large format, is a treasure, indeed!

the books in this volume are as follows:

baby's house
i can fly (the only book i previously owned out of this collection)
the golden book of little verses
the up and down book (a book i had never heard of before and an art style of hers i had never seen)
selections from the new golden song book:
nursery songs
singing games
hymns and carols
cradle songs
folk songs
rounds
patriotic songs

the foreward is a great bit of information on a truly remarkable lady who was talented beyond measure. her exceptional use of color and shape are present throughout, especially in the following instances:

p.39 has a cheeky goat that is VERY reminiscent of 'it's a small world.'
p.56/57 shows her great use of whimsy and angles.
p.80/81 has a VERY mary blair almost overwhelming exploding art in your face-ness. i love it. there is so much to see.
p.99 shows several beautiful bubbles similar to her concept art for the 'sing sweet nightengale' sequence from 'cinderella.'
p.114 shows a work that represents some of her best art: bright colors on a dark background. the shading is beautiful.
p. 128 is a great representation of her monochromatic art. blues and silvers never looked so lovely.

there has never been an artist even close to mary blair. the way she used colors, the way she painted children and creatures, the way she created whimsy with ease. this book is an inexpensive way to experience her art and expose the younger audience to it as well. i found the binding and the smooth pages to be of good construct and the images are even suitable to framing if one so desired.

and the book smells really good, too. :)

if you are a fan of mary blair, art, or children's books, you simply can not go wrong with this volume!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of Mary Blair history 15 Aug 2012
By diznicrazi - Published on Amazon.com
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I was super excited to see this was coming out and even more excited when it came in the mail! I imagined this as a Little Golden Book size however it is much larger. This allows for the art to be larger. Colors are bright. This will be more of a coffee table book rather than a storybook! If you are a Disney or Mary Blair fan you must add this to your collection!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Boon to Art and Design Lovers 8 Dec 2012
By Lance Falk - Published on Amazon.com
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What a treat this was. All of Mary's brilliant (and expensively hard to find) Golden Books collected in a nice hardback.

John Canemaker's forward provides his usual insight and knowledge. He authored the now out-of-print 'The Art and Flair of Mary Blair', so this is every bit as much a supplement to that definitive book. If you have a copy of that, you're very lucky.

What needs to be said about the work itself? It's perfect. Mary was a genius of illustration, color, and design. There's a reason she was one of Walt Disney's favorite artists and still massively influential. Great to have this sublime and glorious body of work all in one place for a steal of a price. It was long overdue.

Highest recommendation for art students or just fans of fine illustration.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 15 Nov 2013
By Jade - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very nice, large sized book with big and colorful pictures by the very talented artist, Mary Blair; she designed the Disney "It's a Small World" ride. Both collectors and children should love this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wonderful mind behind It's a Small World 23 July 2013
By Doug Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
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Mary Blair has often been overlooked - but she gave the world the innocence of childhood from an adult perspective. Here in this children's title are all the elements that gave Small World (and the Grand Canyon Concourse at the Contemporary resort) their visual power. It's charm more then awe that lives there, and any lover of these attractions will find this book to their liking. Take a trip back to your childhood with Mary!
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