Tagged with illustrations

The Spell of a Hundred Vanished Springs

The Spell of a Hundred Vanished Springs

An April Night by Lucy Maud Montgomery The moon comes up o’er the deeps of the woods, And the long, low dingles that hide in the hills, Where the ancient beeches are moist with buds Over the pools and the whimpering rills; And with her the mists, like dryads that creep From their oaks, or … Continue reading

Autumn Foraging by Elsa Beskow

Autumn Foraging by Elsa Beskow

One of my favorite children’s books is Elsa Beskow’s Children of the Forest. I love how it tells the stories of this little woodland family through the seasons, particularly the autumnal scenes of foraging for mushrooms on the forest floor. It makes me want to grab a basket, a book, and a thermos of tea … Continue reading

Red Riding Hood by Nicole Gustafsson

Red Riding Hood by Nicole Gustafsson

I love how this depiction of Red Riding Hood shows her wielding a knife, perched up in the branches of a tree where she’s defending herself against the wolves below. She reminds me of Katniss Everdeen in this pose, ready to take on whatever is thrown her way. A fairy tale heroine with agency: I’d like … Continue reading

Dream and Awake by Agnes Thor

Dream and Awake by Agnes Thor

I spent all of last week reading beside a beautifully serene lake, watching thunderheads make their slow climb over the surrounding hillsides, and this image reminds me of the creative energy that I gathered there.

The Girl with an Axe by Helmut Newton

The Girl with an Axe by Helmut Newton

There’s something so arresting about the fevered energy that this girl is putting in to the swing of her axe; it makes me think of fairy tales where so many female characters are in danger of the woods – except unlike Red Riding Hood or Gretel, this heroine is poised to strike at whatever might … Continue reading

The Too-Clever Fox by Anna and Elena Balbusso

The Too-Clever Fox by Anna and Elena Balbusso

Siege and Storm comes out today (!) by the marvelous and creative Leigh Bardugo, and while I’m waiting patiently to get my hands on a copy of the much talked-about sequel to Shadow and Bone, I’ve devoured the novella that Tor Books released today to celebrate, called The Too-Clever Fox (which you can read online for … Continue reading