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Re: For the Artists: A Turtle

Dan, I envy you your proximity to Cedar Brook and its
snappers. The book you mentioned, MINN OF THE
MISSISIPPI, has always been one of my favorites, and
the worn jacket cover of my original copy is now
framed in one of the hallways. H.C. Holling was an
epitomy of the gifted artist-naturalist who was also a
superb storyteller, and MINN, PAGOO, TREE IN THE
TRAIL, SEABIRD and his other books are treasures for
the eye, mind and heart. That picture of the dinosaurs
you mentioned is a fine tribute to Knight, who was
living out his last years when the book was
conceivedand illustrated. All of Holling's books can
still be obtained in paperback, and each is a
treasure. --Mark Hallett
--- Danvarner@aol.com wrote:
> I took a look out my window about an hour ago and
> saw a large mound of mud 
> moving upstream in the creek just outside. Shortly,
> a massive snapping turtle 
> head emerged from in front of the mound. The
> snapping turtle mating season is 
> now on in central New Jersey. Instead of swallows at
> Capistrano, it's snappers 
> here at Cedar Brook! The geese are suddenly nervous.
> All this reminds me every 
> year of a wonderfully illustrated book, _Minn of the
> Mississippi_by Holling C. 
> Holling, still in print after over 50 years. It's a
> book meant for "children 
> of all ages" just crammed with marvelous watercolor
> paintings and pencil 
> drawings about a snapping turtle's journey down the
> Mississippi River. One of the 
> plates is based on Chas.R.Knight's Field Museum
> murals that I practically 
> x-rayed with my eyes as a kid. At any rate, I urge
> you art-types to take a look at 
> these very imaginitive images. You'll love them. I
> think Donna Braginetz will 
> agree with me. _Pagoo_,another book by Holling about
> tidepool life, is equally 
> as rewarding.
>        On another front, the new (April) National
> Geographic has an excellent 
> feature about Badlands National Park featuring my
> good friend, Rachel Benton, 
> park paleontologist, and a superb article on cranes
> with an insert on bird 
> migration featuring fabulous paintings of birds in
> flight. Tough competition in 
> the bird art field these days! 
>        And finally, in May, a magazine will be
> coming out with an article 
> about the original "King Kong" illustrated with
> photos from Willis O'Brien's 
> personal scrapbooks. Should put some folk in a
> lather: 
>        DV

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