Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Wild Birthday Cake

1950 Caldecott Honor: The Wild Birthday Cake

By Lavinia R Davis                             Pictures by Hildegard Woodward

This is the second time we are seeing a book by the two named above.  They also won a Caldecott Honor in 1948  for Roger and the Fox.  Feel free to take a look at that post!

Woodward, Hildegard
(1898 - 1972)

A major American artist of the illustrated book, Hildegard Woodward first studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and then completed her education in Paris, France. Upon her return to America she was introduced to the book arts by the Boston illustrator, Marguerite Davis. Woodward completed her first illustrated children’s book in 1931, Alice Dagliesh’s, The Blue Teapot: Sandy Cove Stories.
Several years later Hildegard Woodward moved to New York City and was in constant demand for her illustrations from publishers there. She illustrated many more books by authors such as Elizabeth Coatsworth, Alice Dagliesh and Julia Bristol Bischoff. Woodward also received Caldecott Honor Book Citations for Roger and the Fox (1947) and The Wild Birthday Cake (1949), both written by Lavinia Riker Davis. Finally, Hildegard Woodward both authored and illustrated several books, the most notable being, Time Was (1941) and The House on Grandfather’s Hill (1961).

Book Summary

“Johnny set out one clear spring morning for a hike and a day of adventure.  He wasn’t quite sure how his day of adventure was going to begin but he was sure that it would be out-of-doors because it was that kind of day.”


The illustrations are soft in nature and only use a light green and yellow with shades of brown on a white background. 

Final Thoughts:

1. Would this be a book I would pick up again? Not sure

2. Would I recommend it to others to search out and take a look at? If you run across it, yup open and take a look.

3. Would I spend my hard earned money on the book? Not sure

4. Where did I get the book? Pierce County got a copy from Southern Oregon State College

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