From the Archives: Winter Blues? Try Going Dutch!

The temperature was -6 here in Chicago yesterday morning. There are ice ruts on the sidewalks, salt stains on everyone’s shoes, and on every street corner is a dirty mound of rock-hard snow fifteen feet high.

You know what we need? TULIPS. And primary colors. And a pet white duck named “Kleintje.”

Klees and Kleintje, by Marian King, was published in 1934 and illustrated by Elizabeth Enright, who just a few years later would win the Newbery medal for her book Thimble Summer. (Enright began her career as an illustrator, but then became better known as a writer.) With its red and blue scalloped page borders and colorful depictions of old world Holland, Klees and Kleintje has to be one of the cheeriest-looking books we’ve ever published.

I mean, look at these endpapers.

Even the winter scenes are bright.

I know this is a lot of images for a blog post, but what else are you going to do, look outside? It’s FEBRUARY.

All that yellow is starting to help, isn’t it?

One last look—at the gorgeous, hand-lettered title page:

Feel a little happier? (Now that’s really bibliotherapy for you.)

Remember, there’s supposed to be only 5 more weeks until spring, at least according to the groundhog. Hang in there, and happy Friday!

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From the Archives: Winter Blues? Try Going Dutch!

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