October 24, 2008

Maud & Miska Petersham

Maud & Miska Petersham were an illustrating husband & wife team who are most famous for writing & illustrating The Rooster Crows, which won the 1946 Caldecott Medal. Their first book was called Miki (published 1929), about their son.
Over their career they illustrated nearly one hundred books, some for other authors, some written by themselves. Like the D'Aulaires, they frequently used stone lithography to illustrate their books.
My collection includes a few titles from their Story Book Series, which
encompasses twenty-five books published between 1933 and 1939 explaining different subjects such as coal, corn, cotton, food, gold, houses, iron & steel, oil, rayon, rice, ships, silk, sugar, things we wear, things we use, trains, transportation, wheat, wheels, and wool.

(from The Story Book of Wool)


Illustration Station - Twentieth Century Illustrators of Young People's Literature

de Grummond Collection - Maud & Miska Petersham Papers

Northwestern Digital Archives - Maud & Miska Petersham Illustrations 1930 - 1958


Anonymous said...

These are gorgeous. Are they still in print?

Fun is always in style. said...

No...they are quite outdated technically...although still interesting to me or you.

'What the story of wool once was'
'The story of Silk in the olden days'