Monday, October 20, 2008

New Biography of Wanda Gág

Wanda Gág: The Girl Who Loved to Draw
Thought this might be of interest...haven't read it yet, but is sounds good. Here's a bit of background from Publisher's Weekly:

After Gág’s artist father died in 1908, the 15-year-old used her artistic talents to support her ailing mother and six younger siblings. She went on to win a scholarship to the Art Students League in New York and to become an accomplished painter, before breaking into children’s books with Millions of Cats...

Millions of Cats has always been a favorite here. Remember film strips? This was a classic. I can still hear the narrator's voice on the record that went with it...and the "beep" when you are to move the strip to the next frame. Isn't it bizarre that rather than read a book aloud teachers would play these film strips and advance the frame, or have a student work the machine?

1 comment:

Cay said...

Wonderful. I've loved Wanda Gag for a long time.
I'll have to check into this book.
Thanks, Macbeth.