Monday, May 21, 2012

Caldecott Challenge 1954

1954 Winner and Honor books - missing The Steadfast Tin Soldier
(see the video or pics below)

The beginning of The Steadfast Tin Soldier Video I remember from Elementary School:

1954 Medal Winner: Madeline's Rescue 
by Ludwig Bemelmans

another smoking man

Pop-Up Madeline Book on display at the Minneapolis Central Public Library
Green Eyes 
by A. Birnbaum

The Steadfast Tin Soldier
illustrated by Marcia Brown
written by Hans Christian Andersen

When Will the World Be Mine? 
illustrated by Jean Charlot
written by Miriam Schlein

Journey Cake, Ho! 
illustrated by Robert McCloskey 
written by Ruth Sawyer

A Very Special House
illustrated by Maurice Sendak
written by Ruth Krauss

A little catching up from 1952 with a visit to the 
Minneapolis Central Public Library permanent Milestones Collection:

Skipper John's Cook 
by Marcia Brown

Looking back at photos of my favorite illustrations from 1938-1954, I have discovered I am a sucker for illustrations of cats and snow scenes. 

Favorite 1954 illustration: 
The end pages of Green Eyes
Favorite 1954 line: 
"Oh it's right in the middle --
Oh it's ret in the meedle --
Oh it's root in the moodle of my head head head."
 from A Very Special House


Interested in joining the Caldecott Challenge? More information here.


  1. I haven't read Green Eyes, yet, but I've seen it . . . Interestingly, the style of the illustrations led me to think it was a much more contemporary book. More of graphic arts style to it, maybe? How does the text feel? More dated?

    1. Yes - love the illustrations. The story didn't feel horribly dated, it was a simple companion to some really great illustrations.

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