For this Sunday Shelf, Sarah discusses her love for illustrated books. She was first introduced to the graphic novel back in college with Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and never looked back. Actually, Sarah's love for illustration started at an early age. Ludwig Bemelman, Hilary Knight, Emily Arnold McCully, Don Freeman and Helen Craig were just a few that captivated Sarah as a five year old. Never in her wildest dreams did she think her love of picture book would turn into a career until she stepped inside the New York Public Library.
And again if we were to go back to 1992, it would only be three years later when she would make her first trip to the big apple. It was love at first sight! If you're wondering, there's no way a thirty year old could remember a memory from eight years old, you are surely mistaken. She ruined her Easter Dress at Central Park, saw Lion King on Broadway, climbed to the top of the twin towers and listened to her sister scream bloody murder for twenty blocks until she got her disgusting candy from FAO Schwartz and even still, Sarah can remember most of that 1992 spring vacation.
It's really been a seven year affair with New York. Ever since she got on the plane back to California, Sarah has missed the cramped studio she and her sister shared on 1st Avenue and 38th Street. But getting back to Hello, NY: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Five Boroughs by Julia Rothman, if you're the addict like Sarah add it to your list. The fact that it was Julia Rothman writing and illustrating was really just a bonus. Sarah initially picked it up because of the title. Ever since then, Sarah has collected every book Julia has written or contributed too!
Cranberry Thanksgiving, a picture book published in 1971, is a beautiful children's story about thanksgiving, food, comfort and being generous, complete with a recipe for Grandmother's lost recipe for Cranberry Bread. Fall in love with Cranberryport, a small East Coast town and the joy of simple living. Let's not forget about Mr. Whiskers! Sarah owns most of the series but Cranberry Mystery is the one she's after. The last time she looked, it was going for $200, a very well loved and worn copy is going for $15!
What have you been reading?