Teach your children about the animals of the forest with this fun and educational book. Five animals - a brown bear, wolf, squirrel, otter and deer - are explored through rhyme, pictures and pull-out cards to construct into 3D figures. With two spreads dedicated to each animal, adults will be able to read the short playful rhyme on each spread to children and look at the bright illustrations to teach them about their habits and environment. The inside of the dust jacket is printed full colour with a graphical representation of the animals' environment.
- Walter Crane
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Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator of the Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion at the V&A and Professor of Fashion Curation at the London College of Fashion. She curated the exhibitions Vivienne Westwood (V&A 2004), and The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947–1957 (V&A 2007), and also edited the accompanying catalogues.
Walter Crane is chiefly remembered as a children’s book illustrator. The artist, born in Lancashire in 1845, created many classic designs for books of nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Crane was a committed Socialist, and believed in the importance of bringing art in to the daily lives of people from all social classes. Following an apprenticeship as a wood carver, he expanded his practice to include designs for plaster relief, tiles, pottery, stained glass, wallpaper and textiles. His wallpaper designs incorporate such diverse themes as swans, bulrushes, fairy tale themes and emblems of English patriotism in to the complex patterns.