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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

From Sketchbook to Finished Art


Holling will forever be known as a multi-talented writer, illustrator and naturalist.  The world — in all its naturalistic forms — was forever with him.   
Before Holling was recognized for his magnificent books of nature, wildlife and native American people, he illustrated children’s magazines.  He was a regular illustrator for Junior Home Magazine. Something to Do Magazine for Mothers and Children, and many others.  Holling would write a story to go with each picture.  This illustration of a circus horse appeared in 1928 or ’29. 

He would also add drawings to cards and letters sent to family members.  The outline of a horse, seen below, was executed when Holling was 3 years old, according to family members.  

My thanks to Joan Hoffman, curator of the museum in Leslie, Mich., for caring for these treasures from the past — our past as a nation.
 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Holling Material on Display


I rarely fail to run my finger over the titles in our library’s young readers section and in bookstoresto see if a Holling title will appear.  But, no, all the titles are recent entries in the publishing world.  And I wonder, has Holling Clancy Holling completely disappeared except for titles available from online retailers?
I’d like to make the case that stories like Tree in the Trail and Paddle-to-the-Sea are timeless, and of interest even to adults.  I’ve had no response from my letters to publisher Houghton Mifflin, so it’s left to small voice like the museum in Leslie, Michigan, to display his books and materials. 
In this picture Curator Joan Hoffman sent to us are many of the ever-popular titles but also small models and materials associated with the author, artist and naturalist.  Look closely at the top shelf, she writes, and you’ll see the long bow that he made and used.  This six-foot-long work of art dates at least to the mid-20th century.  His books will also remain timeless.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Hollings on the Road

Joan Hoffman was kind enough to send along a picture from the past.  She notes, “Holling and Lucille were traveling around the United States gathering material for future books.  This picture was taken Aug. 19, 1937, during a newspaper interview in Seattle, Washington.
 
“Holling talked about how they lived off the land during their trip.  In one of Holling's letters he talked about the white cat they are holding.  This cat always slept on their bed at night.”
 
Most cats never like to ride in a car so it’s surprising that it rode so well on the Hollings’ extensive road trip.



 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Past Will Always Be Part of the Present


Holling’s work has always been timeless, which is what Joan Hoffman, docent of the Holling museum and collection in Leslie, MI, was thinking when she created the montage poster now hanging there.  The poster’s elements include a man reading Holling’s Book of Indians, her grandson reading Paddle to the Sea and her cat reading The Blot: Little City Cat.  The art is titled “A Holling Book for Everyone.”  I love it!  Thank you, Joan! 

The Blot: Little City Cat is a new title for me.  It was published in 1931 or, according to Amazon which advertises it, in 1930.  Illustrated by Holling, it was written by Phyllis Crawford, Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith and published by Cape and Smith.