Picnics with Helen Borten
Fans of this site will know how much I love the work of mid century illustrator Helen Borten, in fact I’m hoping that later this year to be able to share some exciting news with you about her work which is hush hush just now ! This must about the tenth post on the Fishink Blog that features her work. Today I’m showcasing ‘The Picnic Book’ by Marian Tracy printed in 1957 by Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York.
When I asked Helen what she remembers about doing the illustrations for this book, she said she didn’t remember doing it. That is not to say that Helen is forgetful, it merely acts as a reminder of just how many books she created artwork for over her long career as a children’s book illustrator.
Helen said that if she couldn’t even remember the illustrations for this book then they obviously didn’t leave much of an impression on her and therefore the book probably wasn’t worth tracking down and buying. Well I’m sorry Helen but I disagree, these are wonderful, and feel as fresh as the day you drew them some fifty seven years ago ! Do you not agree readers ?
Great work as ever Helen.
Look out for other cookery-illustration related articles coming in the next few weeks. Do any of you have a similarly illustrated and dated book you’d like me to feature on here. Please get in touch.