While in NYC recently I made a point to visit between the Lions = the New York Public Library on Fifth Ave. to see the new wonderful show THE ABC of IT: Why Children’s Books Matter, curated by Leonard S. Marcus. DO GO! It’ll run till March 23, 2014.
Traveling around and through the various clever labyrinths of experiences in books is truly a journey back to your childhood. I felt in awe to be honest. I think we do form true bonds to our favorite stories and illustrations as children ourselves, and several of those bonds were there for me … in the original!
I loved the visual look into how children’s books impacted our culture through the ages as well. Many stories have become and “inspired films, plays and fashions.” The reminder of this is itself inspiring. We see this more and more today I think. Story telling has always been so very important in society, and maybe never more today when they come at us in so many forms. Children learn who they and we are through these stories. A journey back and forward, like Alice Big and Small, is a kick of a trip. ENJOY!