Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ed Emberley's Children's Books

This is a wonderful book for developing
geometric art projects for very young
      Edward Randolph Emberley (born October 19, 1931) is an American artist and illustrator, best known for children's picture books. He studied art at the Massachusetts School of Art in Boston (now Massachusetts College of Art and Design), from which he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and illustration. He also studied at the Rhode Island School of Design.
      Emberley is best known for his children's book work - particularly instructional drawing books. His drawing books for children feature clear step-by-step instructions employing numbers, letters, and shapes graded to the early elementary school level. For example, the book Ed Emberley's A.B.C. uses this style of instruction, presenting a single letter-based drawing for each letter of the alphabet. He has also illustrated or contributed to over 50 books, many of which were first published between the 1960s and 1980s. Renewed interest in Emberley's work has come from adults who first encountered his books as children and now are purchasing them for their own children. His most recent book,The Red Hen, was released on October 26, 2010; like his preceding work, Chicken Little (2009) it is a collaboration with Rebecca Emberley.
      Emberley's first book, The Wing on a Flea (1961), was an ALA Notable Book and made the New York Times list of best-illustrated books for that year. He was sole runner-up for the 1967 Caldecott Medal, as illustrator of One Wide River to Cross, written by his wife Barbara Emberley. Next year he won the Medal for another collaboration with Barbara, Drummer Hoff. The award by children's librarians annually recognizes "the most distinguished American picture book or children". Drummer Hoff was also named to the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award list.
"Product reviewed: Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals My goal is not to promote or hinder the sale of any product, but to help other parents make informed decisions. My reviews might also give a few ideas for birthday gifts to those who aren't sure what to buy for young children."

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