Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Wonder Clock

Howard Pyle - The Wonder Clock (1915)

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24 illustrated children's stories, one for each hour of the day.  I'm guessing they weren't intended to be read actually at each hour - "Wake up, it's time for your 4am reading."  They're full of swan maidens, sentient storks and ravens, kings, princesses, blacksmiths, stepmothers, fishermen and so forth that probably seemed quaint even then.

Howard Pyle is best remembered today for his Robin Hood and King Arthur books but he was fairly prolific, even doing two books with Woodrow Wilson and one with Henry Cabot Lodge.  The illustrator Katherine Pyle was his sister who also had a strong career.