Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Calling all cat and bunny lovers . . .
you'll quickly find Clare Turlay Newberry's illustrations in Marshmallow (c. 1942) to be quite remarkable, after all, she was recipient of the Caldecott Honor.  Newberry's illustartions originiated as real life studies, documenting how her cat reacted to the small, cuddly rabbit she brought home to her Manhattan apartment.  You can almost see Marshmallow wiggling that little pink rabbit nose, hopping around to explore his surroundings.    Newberry also faithfully captures that wry look that cats so fondly give when depicting Oliver's examination of the "intruder."  Thus ensues the beloved children's story Marshmallow.

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