Tuesday, October 13, 2009

De Grummond Children's Collection

I thought it was high time to talk about the De Grummond Collection in Cook Library, a very good exhibit to check out if you're ever in the area. For those of you who may be unaware, the De Grummond Collection is an exhibit of children's books both contemporary and dating way back to classics from before World War II. The highlight of the exhibit is an assortment of original illustrations from the creators of the Curious George series. What I found most interesting was a piece that showed off multiple versions of the same page in various stages of development from the rough sketch to the editor's revisions to the colored format to the complete version that was published. Taking a look at this exhibit is like being given an inoculation of pure nostalgia. Everyone and their mother has heard of Curious George and in all likelihood adored the books as a child. The other pieces in the exhibit are an interesting look at what child-oriented literature was like decades ago and offers a unique perspective on how far we've come as a society since. I give this exhibit the Zimmy Seal of Approval and highly recommend it. Go check it out.

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