Saturday, August 14, 2010

Leo Politi, Los Angeles & the Multicultural Picture Book

While you would expect the publishing wing of the Getty Museum to offer volumes about classical antiquities as well as studies of European paintings, you might be surprised to learn they also publish children’s books. Their recent catalog ( lists some three dozen juvenile offerings but, to my way of thinking, the most interesting are four reprints of picture books by Leo Politi that appeared some fifty years ago. Politi pioneered “multicultural” children’s book; he was an Italian-American who featured Mexican-American characters and themes in his stories. Moreover, each of these works celebrates Politi’s beloved Los Angeles region, where the Getty makes its home....

Jerry Griswold on Leo Politi. More at Parents' Choice:

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