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Nancy Ekholm Burkert

Author, Illustrator

(1933 - )

Nancy Ekholm Burkert

Nancy Ekholm Burkert is an American artist and illustrator, first known for her 1961 illustrated book, the original edition of James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Her most celebrated work, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1972), won the New York Times Notable Book Award and was named a Caldecott Honor Book.

Her early work demonstrated a command of shading and texture through pencil and charcoal, in addition to her usual media of pen and ink combined with colored pencil and watercolor. Beginning with The Nightingale and concluding with Snow White, her mastery of light, shadow and depth combined Renaissance chiaroscuro with an Oriental awareness of space in settings that were realistic in detail, yet also fanciful and timeless in content. Her later work continued this emphasis on intense, intimate detail, revealing a passion for the complexity and variety of life.

Burkert was born in Sterling, Colorado on February 16, 1933, and moved with her family to Wisconsin in 1945. She married Robert Burkert, a professor of art at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and has two children.

In 1982, she was co-author of a museum catalog for the Milwaukee Art Museum, on the Wisconsin artist John Wilde. In 2003, she was subject of an exhibition at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.



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Acts of Light (1980)

There is no Frigate like a Book
Because I could not stop for Death-
I taste a liquor never brewed-

Author(s): Emily Dickinson
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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The Art of Nancy Ekholm Burkert (1977)

An appreciation and generous selection of illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert.

Author(s): Michael Danoff
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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The Big Goose and the Little White Duck (1963)

A boy buys a big goose the goose’s friend a little duck as pets for his mother, but grandfather wants goose for dinner.

Author(s): Meindert De Jong
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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A Child’s Calendar (1965)

A poem for each month of the year.

Author(s): John Updike
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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A Child’s Calendar (1989)

A poem for every month of the year.

Author(s): John Updike
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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The Fir Tree (1970)

The little fir tree is not content with its life in the forest and longs to be a Christmas tree.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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Guide to Modern English 10 (1960)

An English text for tenth grade.

Author(s): Richard Blough Corbin
Et al
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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Jean-Claude’s Island (1963)

Will a tractor come to Jean-Claude’s island in the St. Lawrence River?

Author(s): Natalie Savage Carlson
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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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
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Mouse & Lion (2011)

The King of Beasts graciously lets the Mouse go on his way, and the mouse returns the favor.

Author(s): Rand Burkert
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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Nancy Ekholm Burkert: The Art of Illustration: A Deep and Delicate Vision (2003)

The catalog of an exhibition at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art held January 31, 2003 through March 30, 2004.

Author(s): Jane Bayard Curley
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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The Nightingale (1965)

The classic tale of the Emperor who could not treasure the real over the artificial, until death came for him.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Eva Le Gallienne
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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The Scroobious Pip (1968)

The Scroobious Pip went out one day
When the grass was green and the sky was gray.
Then all the beasts in the world came round
When the Scroobious Pip sat down on the ground.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Ogden Nash
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1972)

A beautifully rendered version of this classic tale.

1973

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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Valentine & Orson (1989)

Twins separated at birth, one raised by a bear, the other by the King of France recognize each other on the field of honor.

Author(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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