Little FriendsLaura Ann Miller
Storytime Pals Series
1971/1982 Illustrations by Tadasu Izawa and Shigemi Hijikata
Another fun book featuring some of my favorite things –A board book and with photo illustrations. Although Little Friends is quite different from the cute photo board book The Farm. Little Friends is illustrated with puppet figures on a set, not photographs of real animals. I love the little created imaginary worlds. It reminds me a lot of my daughter’s play.
I found this book illustrated by Tadasu Izawa and Shigemi Hijikata and a few other of their books at various thrift stores.
I was shocked when I typed in the names of the illustrators and couldn’t find out anything about the them. We live in a time of information ease, just do a quick search online and pages of information are right there waiting. The pages I found weren’t about the illustrators, but their many books. Maybe that’s enough though. Maybe that’s all the information they really wanted to leave behind, their work for others to enjoy. Together they have illustrated a great number of children’s books, all in the same signature style of photographed puppets.
I have a few more of their titles in my collection of vintage children’s books. I’ll share them with you over the next 4 weeks.