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Maud Petersham

Author, Illustrator

(1890 - 1971)

Maud Petersham

Maud Fuller Petersham (August 5, 1890 – November 29, 1971) and Miska Petersham (September 20, 1888 – May 15, 1960) were American writers and illustrators who helped set the direction for illustrated children’s books as we know them today. The Petershams worked closely with such pioneering children’s book editors as Louise Seaman Bechtel and May Massee, and with such innovative printers as Charles Stringer and William Glaser. They worked as a seamless partnership for more than five decades. Both prolific and versatile, they produced illustrations for more than 120 trade and textbooks, anthologies, and picture books. Of the 50 books they both wrote and illustrated, many were recognized with important awards or critical acclaim. They are known for technical excellence, exuberant color, and the introduction of international folk and modernist themes.



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Albanian Wonder Tales (1936)

A collection of folk tales from Albania.

1937

Author(s): Post Wheeler
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham

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An American ABC (1941)

Each letter has a large illustration and a patriotic essay.

1942

Author(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham

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America’s Stamps (1947)

The stamps issued in the first hundred years of her existence are made the occasion for pictures and stories of history.

Author(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham

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The Ark of Father Noah and Mother Noah (1930)

The story of the flood from Genesis.

Author(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham

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As True as the Barnacle Tree (1939)

A study of medicinal herbs. Frontispiece is by the Petershams.

Author(s): Anita M. Smith
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham
Anita M. Smith

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Auntie (1932)

Celia Jane spends a year with her Auntie, then when she is grown up and has a son of her own Auntie comes to live with her.

1932

Author(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham

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Best In Children’s Books Volume 10A (1963)

A collection of stories, poems and articles, some of which have new illustrations. This revised edition substitutes an extract from Charlotte’s Web for Traveling the Underground Railroad.

Author(s): James Baldwin
Margery Williams Bianco
Brothers Grimm
Joseph Jacobs
Eric Knight
E. B. White
Et al
Illustrator(s): Ezra Jack Keats
Fritz Kredel
Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham
Richard Scarry
Garth Williams
Et al

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Best in Children’s Books Volume 2 (1957)

A collection of stories, poems and articles, some of which have new and different illustrators.

Author(s): Joseph Jacobs
Willy Ley
Various
Illustrator(s): Chesley Bonestell
Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham
Henry C. Pitz
Feodor Rojankovsky
Et al

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Best In Children’s Books Volume 31 (1960)

An anthology of stories, poems and articles, some of which have new illustrations.

Author(s): James Baldwin
Margery Clark
Eleanor Estes
Joseph Jacobs
Et al
Illustrator(s): Don Freeman
Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham
Maurice Sendak
Edward Shenton
Et al

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Best in Children’s Books Volume 8 (1958)

A compendium of stories, poems and articles, many with new illustrations.

Author(s): Thornton W. Burgess
Charles Perrault
Jonathan Swift
Et al
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham
Edward Shenton
Leonard Weisgard
Et al

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The Billy Bang Book (1927)

A little boy and his wild animal friends have many adventures.

Author(s): Mabel Guinnip La Rue
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham

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The Box with Red Wheels: A Picture Book (1949)

The barnyard animals are curious to find out what is in the box with red wheels.

Author(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham

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The Boy Who Had No Heart (1955)

A clown helps a selfish boy reform.

Author(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham

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