My love of reading is no accident - I come from a family of strong women who read (and gift) books to their daughters. East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales From the North was a gift from my great-grandmother to my grandmother for Christmas in 1926. 1926! My grandmother was seven years old that year (and she's still reading every day - I hope I'm doing the same at 95!). In time, she read it to her own children, and when I was a kid she sent it to my mother to share with my siblings and me. When my parents downsized their book collection, I asked for it. It remains one of my most precious possessions.
It's a beautiful book, and even better, it's well-preserved. I don't know how, exactly, as it has by now been through three generations of children, and kids can be pretty careless when it comes to books. There is one illustration and a couple of other pages with enthusiastic pencil scribbles all over them, but otherwise the text is pristine.
As you can see, the art is a combination of patterns, wistful, magical illustration, and text design. The pages are heavy, creamy and substantial, the letters slightly indented from the printing method. They just don't make books like this anymore. It's truly a treasure. Thank you great-grandmother, Nana, and Mom! I adore this book.
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