Noncirculating; available for research.
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Jan Brett was born December 1, 1949 and grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts. She decided at a very young age that she wanted to be an artist, and spent many childhood hours drawing and reading. After studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, she began a career illustrating greeting cards, textbooks, and menus. Brett illustrated her first book, Woodland Crossings, in 1978. Since then, Brett has gone on to write and/or illustrate around fifty books. She and her husband Joe enjoy traveling, which is where she gets most of her ideas for her books. She is a meticulous researcher, and studies the traditions, architecture, costumes, and cultures of the locations featured in her books while she is writing them.
Scope and Content
The collection contains a dummy from The First Dog (1988). This picture book tells the story of a prehistoric boy and the relationship that he develops with a wolf.
There are seven self-published newsletters in a series titled "All About..." These eight page editions focus on one book, with insight into the writing process, background on the story line and illustrations, questions for discussion, and student activities. Brett shares with her readers notes on the real lives of her models, both two and four footed.
Greeting cards, with illustrations either drawn specifically for the card or from specific titles are included. For three titles, The Hat; The Mitten; and Town Mouse, Country Mouse, there are sets of masks. These full color die cut masks were sent out to teachers and have text from the story on the verso.
Cardboard promotional displays include a three dimensional hedgehog basket, an 11" standing bear, and a single-piece mobile display from Trouble with Trolls. This series also includes several signed posters that advertise books published between 1989 and 1992.
Series and Subseries
A. Book (1988)
B. Promotional Material (1989-1997)
Box/Folder A. Book The First Dog written and illustrated by Jan Brett (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1988). 1/1 Dummy, color pencil and crayon, 32 pp. B. Promotions 1/2 Newsletters, All About... 7 issues The Mitten, 1990. The Wild Christmas Reindeer, 1991. Berlioz the Bear, 1991. Edward Lear s The Owl and the Pussycat, 1992. The Trouble with Trolls, 1994. Armadillo Rodeo, 1995. Comet s Nine Lives, 1996. The Hat, 1997. 1/3 Publisher pamphlets, 3 pieces, 1990 -1997. 1/4 Greeting Cards, Christmas Cards, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, 1990. Merry Christmas, undated. Children and Reindeer, 1993. Armadillo Rodeo, 1995. Comet s Nine Lives, 1996. Mice on mantle with stocking, undated. Troll and hedgehog, undated. Valentine Cards, Hedgehog. Hedge-O-Gram, 1996. Hedgehog, I love Teachers Contest , 1997. Other, Bookmark, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, 1990. Edward Lear s The Owl and the Pussycat, 1992. 1/5-1/7 Masks, 1/5 Town Mouse, Country Mouse, 6 pieces and elastic strings. 1/6 The Hat 7 pieces and postcard. 1/7 The Mitten, 6 pieces. 1/8-2/1 Cardboard promotional items, 1/8 Hedgehog basket with assembly instructions. Berlioz the Bear, 1991. 2/1 Trouble With Trolls 2/2 Posters, Beauty and the Beast, 1989. The Wild Christmas Reindeer, 1990. Berlioz the Bear, 1991. The Owl & the Pussycat, 1991. Trouble with Trolls, 1992. The Hat, 1997.
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