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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

H.C. and Lucille Holling

I was given The Book of Indians (written by Holling C. Holling and illustrated by H.C. and Lucille Holling) when I was about 10 or 11 years old, and it transported me to a world that was already mostly gone. I loved this book, first of all because the children in it lived in the natural world and had adventures, but also because the illustrations were outstanding.

In the Foreword, Holling C. Holling states:
"Mrs. Holling and I have visited ... museums and libraries ... Besides that we have lived with the Indians. In the northern forests we paddled their birch-bark canoes, and slept in their wickiups. We rode our horses beside theirs across the great plains and camped in their teepees in the mountains. In the desert they made us feel at home in their pueblos. We have fished with them in the surf of the Pacific Ocean. This book is the result of some of that hunting, riding, camping and research."

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