Rare Books

Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children

Recently added to the Ingalls Library collection through the generous bequest of the Butkin Estate is a wonderful example of book illustration, Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children.  The book is a collection of daily verses, written by British children's book author Mrs. Sale Barker.  With each day's verse, Greenaway provides a delicate illustration, a woman struggling with her umbrella for a blustery January, tulips blooming in a flower pot for May.  New months feature a full page color illustration.  Interleaved within the images are lined pages for inscription or notes.  The book joins our already robust selection of Greenaway titles in the library's rare book collection.  For those unable to view the book in person, there is a reproduction of the work available online.  But a personal viewing is invited and recommended, contact the reference desk for arrangements at 216.707.2530.  For more information on Kate Greenaway, the library's Collection in Focus is an exceptional starting point.  Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children is available in our library catalog at NC242.G74 G74 1880.