Thursday, December 11, 2014

Leif the Lucky

Nothing brings joy to a children's picture book junky like an exquisite reprint of a classic book.  Before I even really start I have to say every reprint I've held in my hands by University of Minnesota Press is gorgeous.  The quality is beyond comparison.  The feel of the paper, the richness of the colors, the weight of the book… all of it.

Now that that's out of my system.

Today I'm featuring Leif the Lucky by Ingri & Edgar Parin D'Aulaire, originally published in 1941.  It's a picture book biography of the famous viking explorer Leif the Lucky or Leif Erikson (Erik's son).  The book details key points of his life including his early exploration and encounters with America (the land he named Vinland).  It's quite extensive for a picture book biography.

I first read it with my 9 year old son.  He was TOTALLY ehchanted by it.  It was like I could see the cogs in his brain turning as he learned new information about this incredible world we inhabit.  It was absolutely wonderful sharing this book with him.

I haven't even mentioned the illustrations yet… oh, THE ILLUSTRATIONS!  Look for yourself.

 gorgeous.  beautiful.  flawless.

If you have yet to experience a book by the D'Aulaire's, there's no time like the present.  You must.

                                           Happy Reading!

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