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Monday December 04, 2017

Rockwell work inspires "Day in the Life of ..." books

Check out the story by Benjamin Cassidy (@bybencassidy ) in the Berkshire Eagle about how Norman Rockwell's Day in the Life books were developed.

"I want you to call me Norman."


When Mary Whalen Leonard began posing for Norman Rockwell at his Arlington, Vt., studio, the famous illustrator let his 9-year-old subject know that they were on a first-name basis. But that didn't mean it was just going to be fun and games between them as they created the 22 scenes that became "Day in the Life of a Little Girl," the oil-on-canvas and Aug. 30, 1952, cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

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Norman Rockwell, Mary Whalen Leonard, and Chuck Marsh outside Rockwell's studio in Arlington, Vt., in 1952.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY (C) 1952 NORMAN ROCKWELL FAMILY ENTITIES
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Norman Rockwell's A Day in the Life of a Girl

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A day in the life of an American girl, illustrated with Normal Rockwell's iconic images of life.

A girl wakes up and tidies her braids before just another ordinary summer day, but some surprises lie ahead! Here is one of Norman Rockwell’s most popular works, paired with a rhyming text that’s perfect for reading aloud or sharing with a grown-up. In classic Rockwell fashion, the almost two dozen pictures will elicit wry smiles of recognition, from young and old, at childhood’s everyday pleasures. At the back of the book is a short biography of Rockwell, as well as a note by Mary Whalen Leonard, who, as a young girl more than sixty-five years ago, posed for the charming series of pictures

Norman Rockwell is America’s best-known, best-loved illustrator. While still in his teens, he was hired as art director of Boy's Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America. Eventually he produced work for such magazines as Life, Look, and The Saturday Evening Post, for which he eventually produced 322 covers. In 1977, the artist received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Will Lach has written many children’s books about art, music, and natural history. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

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Norman Rockwell's A Day in the Life of a Boy

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A day in the life of an American boy, illustrated with Norman Rockwell's iconic illustrations of life

A boy wakes up beside his beloved pet mutt for just another ordinary school day, but some surprises lie ahead! Here is one of Norman Rockwell’s most popular works, paired with a rhyming text that’s perfect for reading aloud or sharing with a grown-up. In classic Rockwell fashion, the almost two dozen pictures will elicit wry smiles of recognition, from young and old, at childhood’s everyday pleasures. At the back of the book is a short biography of Rockwell, as well as a note by Chuck Marsh, who, as a young boy more than sixty-five years ago, posed for the unforgettable series of pictures.

Norman Rockwell is America’s best-known, best-loved illustrator. While still in his teens, he was hired as art director of Boy's Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America. Eventually he produced work for such magazines as Life, Look, and The Saturday Evening Post, for which he eventually produced 322 covers. In 1977, the artist received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Will Lach has written many children’s books about art, music, and natural history. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

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