|This picture is bigger than the painting! It's a 4 x 4 - Singing of Spring (I hope).|
I am rarely able to pass up the chance to rummage about in the books at a thrift shop or yard sale. There's just something magical to me about finding a best loved author or a new discovery amongst the tons of Reader's Digests and Harlequin Romance rubble.
Last week I happened to notice the word Poetry on the spine of a shabby book. Since poetry books of any kind are rare hereabouts, I eagerly pulled it out for a look. It was a 1954 Public School Library book called the first book of poetry published by Franklin Watts, Inc., with pictures (charming line drawings) by Kathleen Elgin and poems "selected by" Isabel J. Peterson.
I wasn't yet in school in 1954, but I found a few of my favorite childhood poems included along with many unfamiliar poems and authors. And I found that the illustrator, Kathleen Elgin, was a gifted, versatile and prolific artist working throughout the 1950's and 1960's.
Here are a few of her drawings:
|One of my favorite childhood poems - with a perfect illustration,|