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Parrots, Pugs, and Pixie Dust: A Book About Fashion Designer Judith Leiber

At night, she took comfort/ making handbags/ with any scraps she could find./ Every purse she made/ made her dreams come alive.

Growing up in Budapest, Hungary, Judith Leiber drew inspiration from her father, who always brought back special handbags for her mother from wherever he traveled. After getting a job at a handbag house, she dreamt up designs that took her mind off her difficult life. World War II had broken out, and Judith and her family were Hungarian Jews facing persecution. At night, she would make handbags with any scraps she could find.

She found her passion for fashion, and after the war ended, Judith immigrated to America. Here, she found her vision for her designs from preening peacocks, fanciful frogs donning gilded crowns, burgers and fries, and layer cake. She turned the ordinary into extraordinary handbags, designing creations unlike anything that had been seen before. This is a moving and impassioned picture book that will embolden young readers to use their imaginations and inspire the world with their own creativity!

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"Blumenthal blends biographical facts with glowing, almost breathless descriptions of the unusual, beautiful bags and their celebrated owners.... D’yans’ softly hued, slightly fuzzy illustrations depict many of the bags noted by the author and seem to shine as brightly as the bags themselves. Dark, muddy hues appropriately limn the Holocaust years. Admiration for a unique talent shines as brightly as her jeweled creations in this biographical homage." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Deborah Blumenthal
Illustrator Masha D'yans
ISBN 1499808984
Publication Date Sep 17, 2019
Publisher little bee books
Language English