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MAKI:minimag_Backe, backe Kuchen

Children´s books for summer – Five MAKI:minimag favourites – #1

As summer has definitely started here in the Netherlands I wanted to show you five of my favourite children´s books for summer – this best time of the year. “Backe, backe Kuchen, der Bäcker hat gerufen” (Bake, bake a cake, the baker called) originally is a children´s song and nursery rhyme about what you need to bake a cake. 20 years ago, writer Anne Geelhar turned it into a picture book verse and a story about a brother and a sister playing in the sandbox. And artist and children´s book illustrator Inge Gürtzig did the beautiful linoleum stencil illustrations. In summer colours and sharp outlines. A happy and simple children´s play scenery, with the girl and the boy serving cakes and cookies to their teddy, duck and Punch. Number one of our five children’ s books for summer is perfect to read to little ones, to learn a new song and to get some inspiration for great sand box cakes:).   Like this:Like Loading…

MAKI:minimag_Sparkle and Spin_Ann&Paul Rand

Sparkle & Spin. A book about words

Do you like ice cream? Then we have got something for you! *Sparkle and Spin* is a book about words and – adorable enough –  dedicated ” to all children who like ice cream“.:) It is the second of four children books which designer Paul Rand and his wife Ann did together. The book is full of Paul Rands playfulness and humour and a virtuoso book for the audience he got so much inspiration of: children! Ann Rand, an architect by training, wrote the text in short sharp rhymes and rhythms with a clever awkwardness that makes you hear a child speaking. Paul Rand combined  simple forms, a selective colour palette and plays with paper cut-outs, doodling, collages and typography for his illustrations. The book got very good reviews and the New York Times chose it as one of the ‘Ten best illustrated Books of the Year’! in 1957. With its bold, playful interplay of words and pictures, the lyrical text explores what words are and how they are used. And it highlights some characteristics such as that some words sound like what the mean, …