With the pending arrival of the first grand-entling, I am once again regarding picture books with an eye to snuggle-up reading and inclusion in the best library a grand-entling could dream of. I've put down the knitting needles here to look at some that delight me.
I Like Old Clothes
by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrations by Patrice Barton, Knopf, 2012. ISBN: 9780375869518
Hoberrman's words exult the hand-me-down and rejoice at the charity thrift store find.
"Clothes with a history, Clothes with a mystery"
Patrice Barton has re-imagined Hoberman's original 1976 version of this book with softly washed pictures "using pencil sketches and mixed media, assembled and painted digitally." The illustrations seem to appear on a background of "old clothes." Fabric textures, prints, plaids and buttons serve as a backdrop for children who are playing dress-up and using old socks for hand puppets. There is no stigma to used sweaters or shirts here. Old clothes upgrade to "vintage' in the hands of these junior fashion-istas. Lovely.
Patrice Barton, illustrator website