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A Book About Golden Books

Golden Legacy

Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became An American Icon Along the Way is a book chronicling the behind-the-scenes history of the famous children’s book publisher. Though it is published by Golden Books, it appears to be more than your average corporate fluff piece, and seemingly has lots of original historical research. It is also copiously illustrated with illustrations and photos, and includes coverage of all our Golden Book favorites including Mary Blair, Gustaf Tenggren, Aurelius Battaglia, JP Miller, Alice and Martin Provensen, Mel Crawford and Tibor Gergely, among others. If anbody has actually read the book, please share your thoughts about it in the comments.

  • I got it for Christmas. In a nutshell… The pictures are great. The text could have been a lot better. But who buys a book like this for the text?

  • Brad

    Oh, I dunno, I found the historical grouding fascinating. To think that “the Five Little Firemen” were considered part of an early civics lesson. And check out the politically incorrect version of “To Market, To Market.”

    They did go into detail on the artist’s media, methods, sketches, etc. but not so much on the economics — considering how long some of those pieces took to paint, how did the artist make a living?

  • I think it’s absolutely great! A MUST-have.

  • did they go into how the powers that be and bad management sent the business into bankruptcy where Random House was able to come in and buy up the scraps?

    that was sad times……

  • Pedro Nakama

    I’ll have to add it to my wish-list.