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Blog 4:1 Favorite Children’s Book

November 21, 2012

The Giving Tree
Written and Illustrated by Shel Silverstein
1964

It’s hard for me to pick my favorite children’s book. I originally wanted to be a children’s illustrator, so I have so many books on my favorites list. In fact, I’m slowly beginning to collect a lot of them. But to start off, my favorite book of all time would be Shel Silversteins The Giving Tree. This story made me really sad, but I loved this book so much, and I remember watching a video for it in kindergarten. Such a sweet story. I won’t lie though, as a kid I didn’t like the illustrations. I was a huge art snob as a kid, and I thought Silverstein’s drawings were really ugly. I can’t imagine it being illustrated differently, but I liked stuff that had color and detail to it. I didn’t like simple line drawings like these, but I guess because they were so simple and plain that they stood out so much in my memory. My tastes have changed since then, so I do like his drawings now, perhaps because I associate this style to my childhood.

I’m a visual learner, so some illustrations remain firmly imprinted in my mind. So much so that sometimes I don’t remember what the story was about, but I can clearly recall the cover and illustrations of the book. It’s also embarrassing, but  in elementary school I was reluctant to read chapter books because they didn’t have as many pictures. Moving up into the advanced reader’s club was really sad for me.

Anyways, since this topic is about children’s illustrations, I’ll shamelessly take advantage of that and post up a couple books from the past. See if you recognize them 🙂

I remember hating this book. A lot. But I do remember the illustrations.

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