The First Summer Year

SINGLE IMAGES MAY BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK THAT CAN BE REPEATED. THIS METHOD COULD ALSO FURTHER ENLARGE THOSE IMAGES IN A GALLERY AFTER VIEWING FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT

‘Robin Jacques /ˈks/ (27 March 1920 – 18 March 1995) was an illustrator whose work was published in more than 100 novels and children’s books. He is notable for his long collaboration with Ruth Manning-Sanders, illustrating many of her collections of fairy tales from all over the world. In much of his work, Jacques employed the stippling technique’ (Wikipedia) that influenced some of my own early illustrations such as this one of my

Auntie Gwen, featured in ‘Not Lost After All’.

It was Jacques’s illustrations, a selection of which appears above, that tempted me to buy ‘The First Summer Year’ (Oxford University Press, 1972) by Ian Kellam in a remainder bookshop sometime in the mid to late 1970s. The £0.60p outlay was to prove a wonderful bargain as my reading of it to them was to delight four of my children, one of whom must have penned ‘its good’ across the edges of the bottom pages.

This is a magical, suspenseful story which I enjoyed as much as did the children.

Following a telephone conversation I had a day or two ago with my grandson Malachi, an avid reader who lives in Australia, I posted the book to him, wondering whether his father, Sam, will remember it.

This afternoon our reupholstered sofa was returned. The job has been very well done.

Danni has visited and will stay the night.

Jackie has made a superbly spicy pumpkin pie to follow tonight’s dinner, which consisted of her classic cottage pie; crisp carrots, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. Elizabeth, Danni, and I finished the Merlot

 

45 thoughts on “The First Summer Year

  1. Derrick, how nice that you shared your artistic skills for work. I must see more of your skilled, sensitive drawings! I hope you post more. I read the older post–interesting. And that lovely book is one I would enjoy, as well.
    Additionally: Sofa+ floral design=comfort. 🙂

  2. It would be wonderful to nestle into that sofa with ‘The First Summer Year’ having had a serving of the sumptuous pie. Nearly everything remotely resembling children’s literature has been hijacked by the Hogwarts Enterprise, not that I am against the series. It is just that the world needs a breath of fresh air.

  3. OH! Your drawing is spectacular, Derrick! You are so gifted! 🙂 Your style reminds me of one of my favorite artists and his ink drawings…his name is Al Hirschfeld.
    The sofa looks beautiful and comfy! And the pie looks cheery and delicious! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  4. I didn’t realize you’re a talented artist as well as photographer, Derrick!
    How wonderful to have books that were family favorites–we have a few, too.
    The sofa looks beautiful–and that pie is a work of art! I’m sure it was delicious.

  5. How talented you are, Derrick! Thank you for the book recommendation – I collect children’s fiction and am definitely interested in this one. I wonder why I have never heard of it before? Your sofa looks so cosy; well worth the expense I am sure. I am also tempted by Jackie’s scrumptious-looking pumpkin pie; yum!

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