By: Ay Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville
This picture book biography of Mary Blair tells the story of a famous Walt Disney studio artist. Mary thought outside the box. In 1940, the men at Walt Disney didn’t know what to make of Mary and her love of color. Her illustrations burst with color. She introduced aquamarine, sienna, cerulean, magenta and many other vibrant hues. Mary contributed her talents to many famous films including: Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan. However, she faced resistance from the other illustrators and resigned from her position with Disney. She then found work as a children’s book illustrator and creating advertisements. However, Walt Disney himself never forgot Mary’s work. He had an important project in mind for her. He called her and asked if she would consider designing the “It’s a Small World” ride for the 1964 World’s Fair. She accepted on the condition that she would be in charge of the project.
The book is illustrated with a kaleidoscope of colors which reflect the Golden Age of Disney. Young budding artists will enjoy paging through the book and studying the details in all of the paintings. I enjoyed learning about this determined artist.
Renee (Parr Library)