Bernice Myers Talented mid-century Illustrator of children’s books
They say all good things must come to an end, and so my year or blogging draws to a close. I’m making this my last post for 2012 and singing off for a well earned rest until the new year. Please find some time to shuffle through the past posts that you may have missed or the numerous links, I’m sure there’s plenty to keep you busy now that you’re here lol. I actually wrote this blog post a few months ago but decided to keep it as the final one for 2012 as it’s full of fun, cheer and wonderful illustrations, something positive to end the year on.
Anyone familiar with the children’s books illustrated by the mid century artist Bernice Myers like The Four Musicians, Bunny Button etc , may not have seen her science based ‘ All Around ‘ series of books. This is her more usual style.
I discovered her other style whilst browsing on Flickr and started collecting the range of books she illustrated with the text supplied by Tillie S Pine and Joseph Levine. Here’s a few of the titles I have already. I love their simple style and colourful, humourous characters. Most of the books feature two colours and black to show off the fun images.
I’ve taken some images from each of the books for your to marvel at. Starting with Friction All Around.
Electricity All Around.
Air All Around.
Sounds and Magnets All Around.
Heat All Around.
Gravity All Around.
Water All Around.
Light All Around.
A superb collection of quirky and informative illustrations, that I’m sure would captivate children and adults alike even today.
I did get in touch with Bernice who told me that she was flattered to be featured on my blog. How great is that !! She also mentioned that the work you see above, helped her to pass a test for a Ford Foundation Scholarship, where she learnt enough to go for a specially created college degree. Some 60 books later and she’s still working !
Superb work Bernice, I still have a couple of books in the series to go for the set but I’m getting there.
Just a quick card to wish all my regular readers and occasional visitors a warm and Happy Fishmas ! (of course) and all the very best for 2013.