Though writers paint pictures with words, actual images can enhance books in surprising and poignant ways. As a collector of children’s books and as someone who is very ready for the US election to be over, I thought it would be a good time to enjoy some beautiful things.
With that in mind, here are a few beloved book illustrations. Many of the books are originally in a language other than English, and they can be a bit difficult to track down. I suppose that is all the more reason to make sure that a few more people have the chance to enjoy their splendor.
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Beauty and the Beast by Ji Young Kim (or Yeshil Kim), illustrated by Gabriel Pacheco, Yeowan Media, 2013.
Japanese Fairy Tales, illustrated by Kirill Chelushkin, Drofa, 2002.
Alice in Wonderland, illustrated by Song Gum Jin.
Notre Dame de Paris, by Victor Hugo, illustrated by Benjamin Lacombe, 2011.
Thorn Rose, by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Errol le Cain, Bradbury Press, 1977.
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I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do. If you have any favorite books that have been lovingly illustrated, feel free to share them. I’m always on the look out to add more to my collection.