Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Margaret Read MacDonald and my daughter
On Saturday, we were all revved up to see Recess Monkey at the central Seattle Public Library branch when we found out Margaret Read MacDonald was telling stories at Island Books. Lucia enjoys the music of Recess Monkey quite a bit, but she has a connection with Margie (as the great Dr. MacDonald introduces herself), and opted to attend the storytelling event instead. Lucia drew a picture of Aree and her friends wearing layers of dresses, based on the Thai story The Girl Who Wore Too Much. Here is the picture:
Margaret Read MacDonald told some of her favorite stories from the picture-books she's published, including The Squeaky Door and The Old Woman and Her Pig. My favorite picture-book by MacDonald is Fat Cat, illustrated by Julie Paschkis, and it was to my delight that when MacDonald unveiled her new book, a British variant on the Beauty and the Beast story called The Great Smelly, Slobbery, Small Tooth Dog, Paschkis had provided the drawings once more.
What I wish you could see are the end-papers. Paschkis drew different plants to symbolize the emotions that develop in the story, and the end-papers have illustrations of these plants plus their symbolic meanings. I cringe to see how this book will be bound for library copies, as beautiful end-papers are often spoiled by the necessary steps to process books for public use. Is this a clever marketing ploy to get people to buy copies of the book for their own collections? It works! I bought a copy of the book for my godmother, but I think I may have to reconsider the notion that I don't need a copy for myself. Lucia concurs.