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Fonds contains three of the original illustrations for "Have You Seen Birds?" mounted in plexiglass cases.
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Biography / Administrative history
Children's illustrator, Barbara Reid was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1956. She studied at the Ontario College of Art (1980). Her unique plasticine-relief illustrations first appeared in "The New Baby Calf" (1984). Her next book "Have You Seen Birds?" (1986) won the Canada Council Children's Literature Prize for illustration, the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, and the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award all in 1987. Her later creations were equally successful: the "Zoe" series won the Mr. Christie's Book Award in 1991 for best illustration, and "Two by Two" won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award in 1993. "Gifts" received both the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) honour list in 1995. Her signature style of plasticine illustration by using scissors, combs and flattened plasticine balls, along with traditional clay techniques, creates a textured three-dimensional look.
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