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Barbara Reid fonds. - illustrations. - [1985?] - 3 illustrations: plasticine 32 cm by 52 cm or smaller.

Biographical Sketch

Children's illustrator, Barbara Reid was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1956. She studied at the Ontario College of Art (1980). Her unique plasticine-relief illustrations first appeared in The New Baby Calf (1984). Her next book Have You Seen Birds? (1986) won the Canada Council Children's Literature Prize for illustration, the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, and the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award all in 1987. Her later creations were equally successful: the Zoe series won the Mr. Christie's Book Award in 1991 for best illustration, and Two by Two won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award in 1993. Gifts received both the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) honour list in 1995. Her signature style of plasticine illustration by using scissors, combs and flattened plasticine balls, along with traditional clay techniques, creates a textured three-dimensional look.

Scope and Content

The fonds contains three of the original illustrations for Have You Seen Birds? mounted in plexiglass cases.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: received from Barbara Reid in 1988. [1988-15]

Restrictions: no restrictions on consultation; however, due to the fragility of the medium, the illustrations are not available for display.

Finding Aid: none [not required].

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