Sun Up by Alvin Tresselt, illustrations by Roger Duvoisin
It’s no secret, at least in our house, that one of my illustrator inspirations is the wonderful Roger Duvoisin. Duvoisin illustrated many, many books and won lots of prizes for his work including the Caldecott Medal. I thought it fitting that since our newsletter this month is all about spring I should introduce you to a wonderful book - 'Sun Up'. It's written by Alvin Tresselt and illustrated by Duvoisin.
I bought this book a while ago from Book Rescue in Burdett, New York. It was published in 1949 by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., Inc. Try AbeBooks: a very useful site for anyone interested in out-of-print books. I've just looked and there's a copy available.
My copy is a little battered and it has definitely seen better days, but the glory of the artwork shines through! I like the illustrations even more than those in ‘WHITE SNOW, BRIGHT SNOW’ also by Tresselt and Duvoisin which won the Caldecott Medal in 1948.
What I especially like about this book is the fact that it celebrates the ordinary. Yes, the text is a little old fashioned, but this forgotten gem from 1949 is a reminder that sometimes it’s the everyday things in life that produce the biggest wonders of all.
If you do get hold of a copy and like it as much as I do, keep your eyes peeled as I will be doing more book introductions featuring Roger Duvoisin's work. 'Under the Trees and Through the Grass’, springs to mind but that's for another blog post.
Happy reading :-)
P.S. By the way, a wonderful place to see old books which have been digitised is a website called archive.org