No matter how sophisticated our grownup reading tastes, picture books hold a special place in our book-loving hearts. This handsome keepsake pays tribute to one hundred such books, arranged chronologically from 1900 to 2015, pairing select illustrations from each book with a one-page analysis of its cultural or creative significance. Many titles are beloved by generations of readers: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Real Mother Goose, The Snowy Day, The Very Hungry Caterpillar…
. Others are less famous today, but no less important: Maurice Sendak called 1926's Clever Bill "among the few perfect picture books ever created;"
when Margaret Wise Brown read 1947's White Snow, Bright Snow
, she told author Alvin Tresselt "I wish I had written that."
Some books have aged better than others in their treatment of race and gender, but oh what a wonderful "read" down memory lane. (KG)