My newest children’s book:
to see it on the ny times website:
Bookshelf: Fairy and Folk Tales
A Cinderella Story From Greece
By Anthony L. Manna and Soula Mitakidou. Illustrated by Giselle Potter
40 pp. Schwartz & Wade. $17.99. (Picture book; ages 4 to 8)
The most striking thing about this “Cinderella” is its palette of cool olive greens and Aegean blues, and — breathe easy, parents of brunettes — its dark-haired, brown-eyed heroine. The story also holds interesting departures. The fairy godmother is actually Cinderella’s mother, speaking from the grave: “Go, my child, go to good, / With all my blessings, go!” she urges. “Your sorrow weighs upon my heart, / Your pain, it wounds me so.” The tale becomes one not just of maternal absence but of eternal motherly love. The slipper remains the same.
Also the cover art is in the Society of illustrators “original art” traveling show.
TO DO: ALPHABETS AND BIRTHDAYS was written
in 1940 as a children’s book. It was not published until 1957, as part of a compilation of unpublished writings, and it has never been published as an illustrated edition (which is what Stein originally envisioned). Yale University Press asked me to do just that.
I made 26 paintings, one for each letter of the alphabet to illustrate stein’s dreamlike writing. It will be released this may to coincide with a traveling exhibit of the Stein art collection to be at san francisco museum of modern art, Grand Palais, Paris and the metropolitan in new york.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Grand Palais, Paris
(October 2011 – January 2012 )
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(February 2012 – June 2012)