Burkert, Nancy Ekholm
Born in Sterling, Colorado in 1933, Burkert moved to Wisconsin with her family in 1945. She married Robert Burkert, a professor of Fine Art at UWM, and has two children, Claire and Rand.
In the introduction to The Art of Nancy Ekholm Burkert (Bantam, 1977), Michael Danoff, then curator of the Milwaukee Art Museum, states, “Burkert works in a tradition of artists for whom book illustration is one of the fine arts like painting or sculpture. Each of the drawings she makes is, in its own right, a fully realized work of art. Her drawings are not a secondary accompaniment to words, but a primary and integral part of the book experience in which she is an equal partner with the writer.” (Quoted in the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards, 1995.)
Burkert has won numerous awards for her illustrations, including the Caldecott, New York Times Notable Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book, and Wisconsin Library Association Wisconsin Notable Authors. In addition, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art featured an exhibit of Burkert’s work in 2003.
Title: Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs
Author: The Brothers Grimm, Translated by Randall Jarrell
Illustrator: Burkert, Nancy Ekholm
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
ISBN: 0374468680; 978-0374468682
Dimensions: 30cm x 23cm
“Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of us all?” repeatedly asks the Queen, Snow White’s stepmother. She always gets the answer she wants, until Snow White turns seven, and the mirror must truthfully answer, “Snow White.” At the news, the Queen turns yellow and green with envy and commands the huntsman to kill Snow White and bring her “lung and liver as a token.” Thus begins another enchanting fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm!
Kirkus Reviews called this collaboration between Randall and Nancy Eckholm Burkert “a sort of legend even before its time of publication.” (Description from Amazon.com.)
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