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Erik Blegvad

Author, Illustrator, Editor, Translator, Compiler

(1923 - 2014)

Erik Blegvad

Erik Blegvad was born in Denmark and studied at the School of Applied Arts in Copenhagen. Mr. Blegvad has illustrated more than one hundred children’s books, including Twelve Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Riddle Road by Elizabeth Spires, Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear! by N. M. Bodecker, and Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude by Louise Borden.

Erik and his wife Lenore Blegvad divided their time between England, France, and Wardsboro, Vermont.

Memorials were posted at: http://memories-of-erik.tumblr.com/?et_mid=659874&...



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The Adventures of Rinaldo (1959)

The famous knight, Rinaldo di Paldo, returning from battle, has several adventures on his way home: he outwits some enemy soldiers, he collects some loving animals, and he marries a beautiful maiden.

Author(s): Isabella Holt
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Amazing Vacation (1956)

Joanna and Ricky travel through a magic window to the Country Without a Name.

Author(s): Dan Wickenden
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Anna Banana and Me (1985)

Anna’s impetuosity inspires her playmate.

Author(s): Lenore Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Around My Room (2000)

Twenty-nine poems for young listeners.

Author(s): William Jay Smith
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Astonishing Stereoscope (1971)

Two children enter a world in a stereoscope.

Author(s): Jane Langton
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Ballad of the Pilgrim Cat (1962)

A cat stows away on the Mayflower.The pilgrims are not pleased, but the cat comes out a hero in the end.

Author(s): Leonard Wibberley
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Bedknob and Broomstick (1957)

Carey, Charles and Paul discover their neighbor, Miss Price is a witch. She purchases their silence with a magic bed-knob that allows their bed to travel in space and time.

Author(s): Mary Norton
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Beginning-To-Read Poetry: Selected from Original Sources (1967)

First poems for young children.

Author(s): Sally Clithero
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Blueberries Lavender: Songs of the Farmers’ Children (1977)

A collection of poems about life on the farm.

Author(s): Nancy Dingman Watson
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Bonnie Bess the Weathervane Horse (1970)

When the farmer’s family leaves, Bonnie Bess wonders what she will do with no one to watch her predict the weather.

Author(s): Alvin Tresselt
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Borrowers (1953)

The story of Arrietty, Pod and Homily Clock was first published in Woman’s Day magazine from June through September 1953 with illustrations by Erik Blegvad.

Author(s): Mary Norton
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Burnie’s Hill (1977)

Where is the Brown Bull?
Back of Burnie’s Hill.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Cat and the Coffee Drinkers (1969)

A memoir of attending kindergarten in a small Southern town.

Author(s): Max Steele
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Cat From Nowhere (1969)

When Negus, a sleek black cat settles at a small Swiss hotel he makes friends with a Story, a ten year old American girl.

Author(s): Monica Stirling
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Cat Walk (1983)

A young farm cat goes in search of his fortune.

Author(s): Mary Stolz
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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A Child’s Garden of Verses (1978)

‘In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.’

and twenty-three other well-known poems.

Author(s): Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Complete Book of Cheese (1955)

Everything you always wanted to know about cheese.

Author(s): Bob Brown
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Complete Book of Dragons (1972)

A ninth story ‘The Last of the Dragons’ is added for this collection.

Author(s): E. Nesbit
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Complete Book of Dragons (1973)

A ninth story ‘The Last of the Dragons’ is included in this collection.

Author(s): E. Nesbit
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Conscience Pudding (1970)

In this adventure from The New Treasure Seekers, the Bastable children attempt to liven up their Christmas celebration.

Author(s): E. Nesbit
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Diamond in the Window (1962)

Following the clues scratched on a window in their attic Eleanor and Eddy embark on a series of adventures across time and space.

Author(s): Jane Langton
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Dirty Old Man: A Lay of Leadenhall (1965)

A poem about a reclusive hardware store owner who may have served as a model for Great Expectations.

Author(s): William Allingham
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Doll House Caper (1975)

The inhabitants of the Doll House plan how to manage when their humans grow tired of them.

Author(s): Jean S. O’Connell
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Dusty and the Fiddlers (1962)

Dusty invites a family of itinerant fiddlers to perform in his family’s barn, and incidentally helps end a neighborly quarrel.

Author(s): Miska Miles
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Elephi (1962)

The author tells us about her cat’s many accomplishments.

Author(s): Jean Stafford
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Elisabeth and the Marsh Mystery (1957)

Elisabeth and her friends are determined to find out what is making a mysterious noise in the neighboring marsh.

Author(s): Felice Holman
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Elisabeth the Bird Watcher (1963)

Elisabeth learns more about our feathered friends.

Author(s): Felice Holman
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Elisabeth the Treasure Hunter (1964)

Elisabeth helps her father solve a series of riddles that lead to a buried treasure.

Author(s): Felice Holman
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Emily’s Autumn (1969)

Emily tells her corn husk doll about her summer on grandmother’s farm.

Author(s): Janice May Udry
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Emperor’s New Clothes (1959)

The tale of a gullible emperor, two persuasive rascals and a little boy who knew what he saw.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Fairy Tales (2000)

Seven familiar tales by Andersen including The Princess and the Pea, and The Tinderbox.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator(s): John Miles

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The Finches’ Fabulous Furnace (1971)

When the Finches move into Number Seven Pride Street, they discover something in the cellar.

Author(s): Roger Wolcott Drury
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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First Friends (2000)

Toddlers make their first friends.

Author(s): Lenore Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Five in the Forest (1974)

Armida discovers a family of rabbits and their hoard of beautiful eggs.

Author(s): Jan Wahl
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Five Pennies (1964)

Five pennies can buy a lot, even a puppy.

Author(s): Barbara Johnes Brenner
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Fledgling (1980)

Georgie, a young girl, discovers she can fly.

1981

Author(s): Jane Langton
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Flivver the Heroic Horse (1958)

An artist, a talking horse and a beached scow revitalize a seaside town.

Author(s): Lee Kingman
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Fragile Flag (1984)

Georgie is now nine years old and leading a protest march on Washington calling for nuclear disarmament.

Author(s): Jane Langton
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Gammage Cup (1959)

A light on the mountain brings conflict to the Land Between the Mountains, and the only Minnipins who stand in the breach are a band of outcasts.

1960

Author(s): Carol Kendall
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Girls From Esquire (1952)

Anthology of stories and cartoon published in Esquire magazine.

Author(s): F. Scott Fitzgerald
Et al
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad
Et al

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The Good-Byes of Magnus Marmalade (1966)

Magnus lets his true feelings flow in poetry.

Author(s): Doris Orgel
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Great Hamster Hunt (1969)

Nicholas takes care of his friend’s pet, and finds himself a hamster.

Author(s): Lenore Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Greenwillow (1957)

A pastoral romance, in which the hero has vowed to never marry that he may end a family curse.

Author(s): Beatrice Joy Chute
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Hans Christian Andersen from an Artist’s Point of View (1988)

Erik Blegvad delivered this lecture at the Library of Congress on illustrating Hans Christian Andersen.

Author(s): Erik Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad
Various

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Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark and other Rhymes about Dogs (1976)

A collection of nursery rhymes about dogs.

Author(s): Lenore Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Having a Friend (1959)

First you don’t have a friend, then you do.

Author(s): Betty Miles
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear (1998)

Mary prepares for winter as her husband naps in his study.

Author(s): N. M. Bodecker
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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I Like to Be Little (1987)

A little girl who likes being little.

Author(s): Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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I’m Hiding (1961)

A little girl lists all the ways she can hide.

Author(s): Myra Cohn Livingston
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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I’m Not Me (1963)

A fantasy poem.

Author(s): Myra Cohn Livingston
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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I’m Waiting (1966)

A young girls thinks of her day as a time of waiting.

Author(s): Myra Cohn Livingston
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Jack Mack (1960)

A collection of tongue-twisters.

Author(s): Robert Paul Smith
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Journey to Christmas (1958)

At Christmas, strangers set aside their own troubles to help each other.

Author(s): Beatrice Joy Chute
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Journey to England (1961)

Brosus and Margita set out from Sweden to search for their mother who has gone to work in England. Erik Blegvad did the dust jacket only.

Author(s): Edith Unnerstad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad
Ulla Sundin-Wickman

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Kitty and Mr. Kipling: Neighbors in Vermont (2005)

When the famous Anglo Indian author and poet married an American bride, he spent several years living in Vermont.

Author(s): Lenore Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Last of the Wizards (1961)

Peter thinks he has outsmarted the old wizard when he uses his three wishes to wish for more wishes, but has he?

Author(s): Rona Jaffe
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Late Spring (1957)

A robin returning from Florida, finds he has arrived before spring.

Author(s): Jean Fritz
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Little Little Sister (1989)

Little Little Sister helps Brother remember to come home on time and drive a better bargain at the fair.

Author(s): Jane Louise Curry
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Little Old Train (1960)

A cow is stuck on the train tracks until a small boy comes to the rescue.

Author(s): Margaret Glover Otto
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Margaret Rudkin Pepperidge Farm Cookbook (1963)

A memoir in the form of a cookbook by the founder of Pepperidge Farm Company, Inc.

Author(s): Margaret Fogarty Rudkin
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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May I Visit? (1976)

A young girl wonders about visiting her mother after she is grown up.

Author(s): Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Miss Bianca and the Bridesmaid (1972)

When a young bridesmaid disappears inside the Ambassador’s residence, the MPAS springs into action.

Author(s): Margery Sharp
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Miss Bianca in the Antarctic (1971)

The Poet has been trapped in an ice cave in the Antarctic and Miss Bianca, Bernard and Nils once again come to his aid.

Author(s): Margery Sharp
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Miss Bianca in the Orient (1970)

When a young page at the court of the Ranee of the Orient is sentenced to death, the Mouse Prisoners’ Aid society sends it most accomplished operatives to the rescue - Miss Bianca and Bernard.

Author(s): Margery Sharp
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Mittens for Kittens and Other Rhymes about Cats (1974)

A collection of traditional nursery rhymes about cats.

Author(s): Lenore Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Moon Watch Summer (1972)

Adam is disappointed to be spending the summer on his grandmother’s farm where he can’t watch the moon landing.

Author(s): Lenore Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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A Mother Goose portfolio (1983)

Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog.

Author(s): Gregory Maguire
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad
Nancy Ekholm Burkert
David Macaulay
Et al

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Mr. Jensen & Cat (1965)

A Copenhagen toymaker is lonely until his cat helps him find a friend.

Author(s): Lenore Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Mud Pies and Other Recipes (1961)

A cookbook for dolls. The ingredients are readily found outdoors.

Author(s): Marjorie Winslow
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Mud Pies and Other Recipes (2001)

A cookbook for dolls. The ingredients are readily found outdoors. This is the fortieth anniversary edition.

Author(s): Marjorie Winslow
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Mushroom Center Disaster (1974)

When a pile of garbage lands on Mushroom Center the inhabitants get to work to clean it up and put it to use.

Author(s): N. M. Bodecker
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Myrtle Albertina’s Secret (1956)

Myrtle Albertina and her dog track down thieves in a California gold rush town.

Author(s): Lillian Pohlmann
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Myrtle Albertina’s Song (1958)

Myrtle Albertina is only nine, but she makes up a plan to help her Uncle Harvey overcome malicious gossip.

Author(s): Lillian Pohlmann
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Narrow Passage (1973)

When Nate and Nicol stumble on an ancient civilization they have to decide whether to keep it secret.

Author(s): Oliver Butterworth
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Oddity Land (1957)

A collection of nonsense verse.

Author(s): Edward Anthony
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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One Is for the Sun (1968)

A counting book in rhyme.

Author(s): Lenore Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Origins of Story: On Writing for Children (1999)

Seventeen essays on aspects of writing for children.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Parrot in the Garret and Other Rhymes About Dwellings (1982)

A collection of traditional rhymes.

Author(s): Lenore Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Pepperidge Farm Baking Book (1970)

A selection of recipes from “The Margaret Rudkin Pepperidge Farm Cookbook” biography.

Author(s): Margaret Fogarty Rudkin
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Peter and the Troll Baby (1984)

What sibling hasn’t wished a troublesome younger one would disappear? When Peter’s baby sister disappears he sets out to rescue her from the trolls.

Author(s): Jan Wahl
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Phoebe and the Prince (1969)

Phoebe meets a flea who has dined on royalty.

Author(s): Doris Orgel
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Pleasant Fieldmouse Storybook (1977)

Five adventures of Pleasant Fieldmouse.

Author(s): Jan Wahl
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Pleasant Fieldmouse’s Valentine Trick (1977)

Pleasant Fieldmouse tricks his quarrelsome neighbors into joining in a Valentine’s Day party.

Author(s): Jan Wahl
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Plenty of Fish (1960)

An informative look at keeping pet fish.

Author(s): Millicent Selsam
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Polly’s Tiger (1974)

Polly’s imaginary tiger friend helps her feel at home in a new town.

Author(s): Joan Phipson
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Pony in the Schoolhouse (1964)

When the children are stranded in the schoolhouse by a blizzard, they bring Star inside as well to keep him from freezing.

Author(s): Miska Miles
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Rainy Day Kate (1987)

Written in verse, this is the story of a boy who makes up an imaginary friend to play with when Kate can’t come.

Author(s): Lenore Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Rare Treasures from Grimm: Fifteen Little-Known Tales (1981)

A selection of lesser known tales from the brothers Grimm.

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Jacob Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Riddle Road: Puzzles in Poems and Pictures (1999)

A collection of riddles.

Author(s): Elizabeth Spires
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Scandinavia: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland (1952)

An illustrated guide to the Scandinavian countries.

Author(s): Doré Ogrizek
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad
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Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude (2004)

To find your position at sea easily you need a very accurate clock. This book tells the story of the development of just such a clock.

Author(s): Louise Borden
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Seasons (2001)

A collection of original poems on the seasons.

Author(s): Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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See What I Found (1962)

Children’s ideas about things they have found often show great imagination.

Author(s): Myra Cohn Livingston
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Self-Portrait: Erik Blegvad (1976)

This is an autobiography of the famous children’s book illustrator.

Author(s): Erik Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad
Et al

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Someone New (1978)

A young boy realizes he is growing up.

Author(s): Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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A Sound of Leaves (1996)

Sylvie and her family spend a week at the beach.

Author(s): Lenore Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Story of Peace and War (1952)

A history of war and peace for young readers.

Author(s): Thomas Franklin Galt
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Superstitious? Here’s Why! (1954)

Common superstitions and how they originated.

Author(s): Julie Forsyth Batchelor
Claudia de Lys
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Swineherd (1958)

The emperor’s daughter does not appreciate the neighboring prince or his gifts, but she will kiss the swineherd.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Swing in the Summerhouse (1967)

When two of their friends disappear from the summerhouse, Eleanor and Eddy know they must break their promise and rescue them.

Author(s): Jane Langton
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (1971)

A boy grieves over the death of his cat.

Author(s): Judith Viorst
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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This Is Me (1986)

A toddler introduces us to his world.

Author(s): Lenore Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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This Little Pig-A-Wig and Other Rhymes About Pigs (1978)

A collection of poems about pigs.

Author(s): Lenore Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Three Little Pigs (1980)

The three pigs set out into the world again, a world inhabited by ravenous wolves.

Author(s): Erik Blegvad
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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A Time to Recall: The Delights of a Maine Childhood (1963)

The author describes her childhood growing up in Maine at the turn of the twentieth century.

Author(s): Helen V. Taylor
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Twelve Tales (1994)

A varied selection of classics and lesser-known tales by the Danish master.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Types Best Remembered / Types Best Forgotten (1993)

A collection of essays on types, loved and hated, by contemporary typographers.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Village Band Mystery (1956)

When the Village Hall burns down, Lauri and Garnet set to work to find out what happened to the band instruments.

Author(s): Lee Kingman
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Water Pennies and Other Poems (1991)

A collection of poems, chiefly about bugs.

Author(s): N. M. Bodecker
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Well Met by Witchlight (1973)

Three children ally with a sweet little witch to defeat the schemes of an evil black witch.

Author(s): Nina Beachcroft
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Where’s Willie? (1961)

The black kitten and Peter play hide-and-seek.

Author(s): Seymour Reit
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Wind’s Child (1973)

A black cat tells the story of the Wind’s child.

Author(s): Mark Taylor
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Winter Bear (1974)

A boy out for a winter walk finds a teddy in a tree and rescues it.

Author(s): Ruth Craft
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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With One White Wing: Puzzles in Poems and Pictures (1995)

A collection of clever original riddles in rhyme.

Author(s): Elizabeth Spires
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Woman’s Day Calendar (1983)

From 1955 to 2004 Erik Blegvad drew the annual calendar for Woman’s Day Magazine. The twelve individual pages frequently featured Scriptural quotations.

Author(s): The Bible
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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A Year Is a Window (1963)

A book about the months of the year with poems, flowers and birthstones. Pictures were originally used for the Woman’s Day Magazine calendar.

Author(s): Richard Jackson
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Yellow Fairy Book (1980)

A multitudinous collection of fairy tales from many lands.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Yesterday’s Snowman (1979)

Memories of playing in the snow.

Author(s): Gail Mack
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Young Hans Christian Andersen (2005)

This biography relates the events of Hans Christian Andersen’s youth to his later writings.

Author(s): Karen Hesse
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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