|Mary Blair's unique flair : the girl who became one of the Disney legends|
Author: Novesky, Amy
The story of a talented artist who worked hard to find her place at the Walt Disney Studios, using vivid colors in her concept art for Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan, and even the It's a Small World attraction at Disneyland.
Kirkus Reviews (-) (06/15/19)
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Booklist - 06/01/2019 This vibrant, cheery picture book traces the exceptional career of Disney artist Mary Blair. At Walt Disney Studios, Blair painted famous animals (Dumbo, for one), quit, and then returned for the opportunity to lead new, exciting projects. Influenced by her trip to South America, Blair changed animation with her radical ideas and unprecedented color palettes, which included moonlit dresses, fuchsia seas, and iris skies. Like Mary Blair, Lee’s cut-paper illustrations emphasize color and shape, especially the gorgeous two-page spreads. A smiling, button-eyed Blair is pictured alongside Cinderella’s silver carriage, Alice’s upside-down mirror, and Wendy’s nursery room window—all projects Blair created concept art for. Lee’s art also imitates the bold, blocky figures that Blair designed for It’s a Small World, her magnum opus, a ride that fosters goodwill and worldwide peace. This wonderful biography not only shows how Blair has influenced Walt Disney Studios, but it also captures her verve for life and bountiful imagination. Share this one with young, aspiring artists, especially those willing to break the rules. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.