Author: Salley Mavor
We love, love children’s books; and this one is a small gem. And, yes, it also won the Golden Kite Award 2011 for Picture Book Illustration; rightfully so, we believe. Salley Mavor used various materials found in- and outside her house, such as buttons, wire, driftwood, and acorn caps to create animals, people, and trees for a magical world full of intricate details. Each piece was sewn to a wool felt background, building new scenes for every illustration, then photographed, and printed. Retaining the illusion of texture, one is almost disappointed to feel only smooth paper when touching the pages. The collected nursery rhymes are as precious as the artwork, transporting us back to the better place of childhood and making us look forward to sharing them for years and children to come.