Book Beauty Monday is back :-) For those who may happen to be here for the first time or have just followed my blog (thanks! :-D), Book Beauty Monday is weekly post about children's books I collect. It disappeared from this blog for some weeks as I had so many things to take care. Children's book illustration work is like my main source of inspiration. I open it when I get bored, when I feel sad and when I can't find ideas for work. So, I feel obliged to talk about this art to honor those wonderful artists :-)
Today's book is an old Japanese picture book called 'The Lion with the Bird's Nest'. These images are taken from Thai edition. The book was first published in 1960, written by Eriko Kishida and illustrated by Chiyoko Nakatani.
It's a lovely story about Jojo, the lion whose strong aura scared all animals in the jungle. He's getting old and quite lonely. One day he let a gray bird lay eggs on his crown. He spent his time with his new friend while taking care of the eggs on his head until little chicks hatched out. They became friends with Jojo and now other animals were not scared of him anymore :-)
What I love about this book apart from the cute story is how the illustrator rendered her work. Her illustration has a wonderful combination of nice texture and beautiful color selection. I especially like the transition from dark opaque green and blue to sweet, airy light green and pink at the end. It reflects the changed opinions that other animals had towards the lion at the end, I think.
Please note that I only post sample images of the book to show its illustration style, not the whole book.
Hope you enjoy this post. Have a merry day!
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