(1923 - 2014)
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.
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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.
The Amazing Vacation (1956)
Joanna and Ricky travel through a magic window to the Country Without a Name.
Anna Banana and Me (1985)
Anna’s impetuosity inspires her playmate.
Around My Room (2000)
Twenty-nine poems for young listeners.
The Astonishing Stereoscope (1971)
Two children enter a world in a stereoscope.
A cat stows away on the Mayflower.The pilgrims are not pleased, but the cat comes out a hero in the end.
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.
First poems for young children.
A collection of poems about life on the farm.
When the farmer’s family leaves, Bonnie Bess wonders what she will do with no one to watch her predict the weather.
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.
Burnie’s Hill (1977)
Where is the Brown Bull?
Back of Burnie’s Hill.
A memoir of attending kindergarten in a small Southern town.
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.
Cat Walk (1983)
A young farm cat goes in search of his fortune.
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.
The Complete Book of Cheese (1955)
Everything you always wanted to know about cheese.
The Complete Book of Dragons (1972)
A ninth story ‘The Last of the Dragons’ is added for this collection.
The Complete Book of Dragons (1973)
A ninth story ‘The Last of the Dragons’ is included in this collection.
Conscience Pudding (1970)
In this adventure from The New Treasure Seekers, the Bastable children attempt to liven up their Christmas celebration.
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.
A poem about a reclusive hardware store owner who may have served as a model for Great Expectations.
The Doll House Caper (1975)
The inhabitants of the Doll House plan how to manage when their humans grow tired of them.
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.
The author tells us about her cat’s many accomplishments.
Elisabeth and her friends are determined to find out what is making a mysterious noise in the neighboring marsh.
Elisabeth the Bird Watcher (1963)
Elisabeth learns more about our feathered friends.
Elisabeth helps her father solve a series of riddles that lead to a buried treasure.
Emily’s Autumn (1969)
Emily tells her corn husk doll about her summer on grandmother’s farm.
The Emperor’s New Clothes (1959)
The tale of a gullible emperor, two persuasive rascals and a little boy who knew what he saw.
Fairy Tales (2000)
Seven familiar tales by Andersen including The Princess and the Pea, and The Tinderbox.
When the Finches move into Number Seven Pride Street, they discover something in the cellar.
First Friends (2000)
Toddlers make their first friends.
The Five in the Forest (1974)
Armida discovers a family of rabbits and their hoard of beautiful eggs.
The Five Pennies (1964)
Five pennies can buy a lot, even a puppy.
The Fledgling (1980)
Georgie, a young girl, discovers she can fly.
Flivver the Heroic Horse (1958)
An artist, a talking horse and a beached scow revitalize a seaside town.
The Fragile Flag (1984)
Georgie is now nine years old and leading a protest march on Washington calling for nuclear disarmament.
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.
The Girls From Esquire (1952)
Anthology of stories and cartoon published in Esquire magazine.
Magnus lets his true feelings flow in poetry.
The Great Hamster Hunt (1969)
Nicholas takes care of his friend’s pet, and finds himself a hamster.
A pastoral romance, in which the hero has vowed to never marry that he may end a family curse.
A collection of nursery rhymes about dogs.
Having a Friend (1959)
First you don’t have a friend, then you do.
Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear (1998)
Mary prepares for winter as her husband naps in his study.
I Like to Be Little (1987)
A little girl who likes being little.
I’m Hiding (1961)
A little girl lists all the ways she can hide.
I’m Not Me (1963)
A fantasy poem.
I’m Waiting (1966)
A young girls thinks of her day as a time of waiting.
Jack Mack (1960)
A collection of tongue-twisters.
Journey to Christmas (1958)
At Christmas, strangers set aside their own troubles to help each other.
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.
When the famous Anglo Indian author and poet married an American bride, he spent several years living in Vermont.
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?
The Late Spring (1957)
A robin returning from Florida, finds he has arrived before spring.
Little Little Sister (1989)
Little Little Sister helps Brother remember to come home on time and drive a better bargain at the fair.
The Little Old Train (1960)
A cow is stuck on the train tracks until a small boy comes to the rescue.
A memoir in the form of a cookbook by the founder of Pepperidge Farm Company, Inc.
May I Visit? (1976)
A young girl wonders about visiting her mother after she is grown up.
When a young bridesmaid disappears inside the Ambassador’s residence, the MPAS springs into action.
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.
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.
A collection of traditional nursery rhymes about cats.
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.
A Mother Goose portfolio (1983)
Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog.
Mr. Jensen & Cat (1965)
A Copenhagen toymaker is lonely until his cat helps him find a friend.
Mud Pies and Other Recipes (1961)
A cookbook for dolls. The ingredients are readily found outdoors.
Mud Pies and Other Recipes (2001)
A cookbook for dolls. The ingredients are readily found outdoors. This is the fortieth anniversary edition.
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.
Myrtle Albertina’s Secret (1956)
Myrtle Albertina and her dog track down thieves in a California gold rush town.
Myrtle Albertina’s Song (1958)
Myrtle Albertina is only nine, but she makes up a plan to help her Uncle Harvey overcome malicious gossip.
The Narrow Passage (1973)
When Nate and Nicol stumble on an ancient civilization they have to decide whether to keep it secret.
Oddity Land (1957)
A collection of nonsense verse.
One Is for the Sun (1968)
A counting book in rhyme.
Seventeen essays on aspects of writing for children.
A collection of traditional rhymes.
A selection of recipes from “The Margaret Rudkin Pepperidge Farm Cookbook” biography.
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.
Phoebe and the Prince (1969)
Phoebe meets a flea who has dined on royalty.
Five adventures of Pleasant Fieldmouse.
Pleasant Fieldmouse tricks his quarrelsome neighbors into joining in a Valentine’s Day party.
Plenty of Fish (1960)
An informative look at keeping pet fish.
Polly’s Tiger (1974)
Polly’s imaginary tiger friend helps her feel at home in a new town.
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.
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.
A selection of lesser known tales from the brothers Grimm.
A collection of riddles.
An illustrated guide to the Scandinavian countries.
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.
A collection of original poems on the seasons.
See What I Found (1962)
Children’s ideas about things they have found often show great imagination.
Self-Portrait: Erik Blegvad (1976)
This is an autobiography of the famous children’s book illustrator.
Someone New (1978)
A young boy realizes he is growing up.
A Sound of Leaves (1996)
Sylvie and her family spend a week at the beach.
The Story of Peace and War (1952)
A history of war and peace for young readers.
Superstitious? Here’s Why! (1954)
Common superstitions and how they originated.
The Swineherd (1958)
The emperor’s daughter does not appreciate the neighboring prince or his gifts, but she will kiss the swineherd.
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.
A boy grieves over the death of his cat.
This Is Me (1986)
A toddler introduces us to his world.
A collection of poems about pigs.
The Three Little Pigs (1980)
The three pigs set out into the world again, a world inhabited by ravenous wolves.
The author describes her childhood growing up in Maine at the turn of the twentieth century.
Twelve Tales (1994)
A varied selection of classics and lesser-known tales by the Danish master.
A collection of essays on types, loved and hated, by contemporary typographers.
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.
A collection of poems, chiefly about bugs.
Well Met by Witchlight (1973)
Three children ally with a sweet little witch to defeat the schemes of an evil black witch.
Where’s Willie? (1961)
The black kitten and Peter play hide-and-seek.
The Wind’s Child (1973)
A black cat tells the story of the Wind’s child.
The Winter Bear (1974)
A boy out for a winter walk finds a teddy in a tree and rescues it.
A collection of clever original riddles in rhyme.
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.
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.
The Yellow Fairy Book (1980)
A multitudinous collection of fairy tales from many lands.
Yesterday’s Snowman (1979)
Memories of playing in the snow.