I needs to get me some of these Picture Book Animals stamps. How fun are they! My favorite stamp of the bunch is Leo Lionni’s Frederick. The simplicity of the illustration style makes for a nice stamp. Though who wouldn’t get excited to see a Curious George stamp on their mail. C’mon!
From the USPS site:
Issue Type: Commemorative
Item # 459740
Picture Book Animals
Pane of 16
The U.S. Postal Service honors eight cherished characters from children’s literature with the Favorite Children’s Book Animals stamp pane. Children and adults alike will delight in these lively and colorful stamps, two of which “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Maisy” will be issued jointly with the United Kingdom’s Royal Mail.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The stamp art features an illustration from The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969 and 1987), a book by author and artist Eric Carle.
The stamp art comes from Lucy Cousins’ book Maisy’s ABC , which was published in the United Kingdom in 1994 and in the U.S. in 1995. Maisy brings the letter “Q” to life by dressing herself as a queen in a crown and a royal red robe.
The stamp art, taken from Margret and H.A. Rey’s book Curious George Flies a Kite (1958), features a delighted George holding a baby bunny for the first time.
Taken from the cover of Ian Falconer’s book Olivia (2000), the image on the stamp depicts Falconer’s feisty and loveable piglet heroine in her signature red dress and black-and-white striped tights.
* For design purposes, the image of Olivia on the stamp has been reversed from the original publication.
Maurice Sendak’s beloved book Where the Wild Things Are (1963) features a boy named Max who travels to an imaginary land where he meets the Wild Things and becomes their king. The stamp art features Sendak’s pen, ink, and watercolor portrait of one of the Wild Things.
Illustrator Garth Williams gave form to Wilbur, the lonely pig befriended by a spider in E.B. White’s book Charlotte’s Web (1952). The image on the stamp features Williams’s original pen-and-ink drawing of Wilbur delicately enhanced for the 1999 edition of the book by the watercolors of illustrator Rosemary Wells.
Leo Lionni’s use of torn paper collage lends vitality and animation to the living creatures he illustrates. Taken from Lionni’s book Frederick (1967), the stamp art depicts Frederick the field mouse bashfully standing on a rock after reciting a poem.
* For design purposes, the image of Frederick on the stamp has been reversed from the original publication.
Fox in Socks
Taken from the book Fox in Socks (1965) by Dr. Seuss, the image on the stamp captures the playfulness of the title character, who balances on one hand while lifting his feet “covered in blue socks of course” high above his head.