I’m excited to announce a new department on the blog! I’m calling it my Friday Fav 5 (or 4 if the week is uninspiring). What is it? It’s a “quick takes” post where I share five wonderful things that I … Continue reading
Hey there! Time for another round of works-in-progress and books-in-progress. Lately, I’ve really enjoyed making the afghan squares for Moogly’s CAL. I had to do a little catch-up. Here is the Op-Art square by Jennifer Christiansen. This one was very … Continue reading
Jack and the Beanstalk is definitely more of a boys’ fairy tale, but I couldn’t resist this cute picture book by Jim Harris published by Rising Moon in 1997. He’s taken the story out of storybook land and thumped it … Continue reading
I was thrilled to wander across a copy of Paul O. Zelinsky’s version of Rapunzel. This has a regal renaissance written all over it. When I was a freshman in college, I spent a summer in Florence. My art history … Continue reading
So, for the past few weeks, I’ve been in search of a free dolphin pattern. I couldn’t find anything that matched what I was looking for. I tried making my own, but it was a miserable failure. So, I went into … Continue reading
Remember last week when I showed you this? I said I’d post the pattern, so here it is! Ta-da! These little dish towels are kind of fancy, so they make great gifts when regular one-color dish towels don’t have enough … Continue reading
Check out the cover of this book. Notice anything interesting? No title. No author byline. No illustrator name. No display text whatsoever. Crazy, huh? This wonderful version of Puss in Boots is taken from Perrault’s tale and illustrated by Fred … Continue reading
I’m so excited to tell you about what I found at a bookstore in Phoenix a few weeks back. It’s a copy of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid illustrated by the wonderful Michael Hague.
It was first published by Henry Holt and Company in 1981, but this is a 1994 sturdy hardback edition.
I just love Michael Hague. I don’t pretend to be an expert or anything, but just look at the details. Here’s the Sea King’s palace at the deepest part of the ocean.
And here is the little mermaid astonished by everything she sees at the surface of the ocean.
And here she is playing with the dolphins.
I know it’s difficult to see, but here is a two-page spread showing the prince drowning with the ship. Hague reminds me a lot of Michelangelo — lots of twisted, muscular bodies. Even the women look manly.
Love the rich colors and billowing fabrics here.
It’s time for a heart-to-heart with grandma. Sheesh. Grandma has a great bod.
Again, what wonderful details. This is the mer-kingdom’s court ball.
But the fun and frivolity can’t satisfy the little mermaid. Here, she’s on her way to see the sea witch to bargain for some legs.
Cover your eyes, children.
That poor girl.
What a perfect image of the sisters, when they visit the little mermaid for the last time and give her the enchanted knife.
Here is that clueless prince doing the unthinkable.
And here’s our last glimpse of the little mermaid before she makes the ultimate sacrifice.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
I know I’ve asked this before, but what’s your take on the original version of The Little Mermaid? Too sad? Appropriately realistic? Metaphoric? I’d love to know.
Man! Because I’ve been on jury duty, I crammed a ton of errands (oh, and work, too) into yesterday, and I still feel like I have a ton more to do today. So, here’s a quick and dirty update. Moogly … Continue reading
Well, jury duty totally threw my blogging intentions out the window last week. If all goes well, we’ll reach a verdict today, and life will go back to normal for me (and for the parties involved in this trial). Anyhow, … Continue reading