There has been a growing interest in children’s picture books of the early and mid twentieth century recently and an increasing incidence of republishing ‘retro’ classics such as My First Nursery Book. This book tells the stories 'Who Killed Cock Robin'?, 'The Gingerbread Man', 'Three Little Pigs' and 'The Three Bears' with uniquely beautiful period illustrations that look as fresh and vital today as they did six decades ago.
A true masterpiece of book design and illustration, the book was first published in 1947 and has been unavailable for over sixty years. Franciszka Themerson was a Polish avant-garde artist and film-maker whose children's book illustration as a refugee in London in the 1940s revealed a talent that is unique in the field. As the critic Jasia Reichardt explains in an accompanying note on the artist, she never patronises her audience, but 'treats her readers as partners in the discovery of the... minutiae of life. And this clarity is matched by the wit, charm and originality of the design and illustrations.'
Author: Franciska Themerson
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Age: 5 to 8
Price: 13,50 €