Girls Standing on Lawns

Girls Standing on Lawns

Written by: Daniel Handler
Illustrated by: Maira Kalman
Publisher: MoMA (May 6, 2014)

Girls Standing on Lawns is a unique collaboration between renowned artist and bestselling children’s book author Maira Kalman and New York Times bestselling writer Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket. This clever book holds 40 vintage photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; more than a dozen original paintings by Kalman, inspired by the photographs; and brief, lyrical texts by Handler. Poetic and thought-provoking, Girls Standing on Lawns is a meditation on memories, childhood, nostalgia, home, family, and the act of seeing. The gorgeous visual material sets the stage for what Handler succinctly describes as “a photograph, a painting, a sentence, a pose.” Girls, women, families, and even pets from days gone by grace the pages, looking out at us, enticing readers to imagine these people, their lives, and where they have gone.

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