Advanced Composition

Reading & Writing in Digital Environments

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Hey There Cecily G.

H. A. Rey’s artwork makes me feel as if I was still a six year old girl reading at my grandmother’s house.

This 1942 illustration for Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys by H. A. Rey is wonderfully drawn.  The expressions and context seems so simple, yet it pops off the page as if it were animated.  Rey’s artwork truthfully is an expression of the mind of a children’s author.

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I find this picture, among others, beautifully made.  I love the simple style of Rey’s characters.  They’re smiling faces seem to welcome me into their world.  I thoroughly enjoyed searching through the digital archives on the USM library website.  Seeing the many sketches and full illustrations put a smile on my face.

I’ve always been a fan of art, especially concept art.  I enjoy seeing the creative process of an artist.  So, pictures such as this are a great way of seeing where an artist starts off.  We all know the end result, but it’s enthralling to see the beginning.

I am excited to look into and discuss the early art of H. A. Rey, and I look forward to discovering more about his style and growth in the creative world of children’s books illustrations.

The Finding Aid Gives Me a Glimpse of the Past

Stumbling upon the finding aid, I was immediately overwhelmed with all of the accessible information of H. A. and Margret Rey. Of their works alone, I learned that there is a heaping 303 boxes of the Rey’s creative originality. Whether it is the rough drafts, manuscripts, sketches or side notes, all of the information and steps taken into publishing their works are absolutely remarkable.

After becoming more familiar with the primary principles of using the finding aid, I did not find myself to be as overwhelmed as before. Though there is an abundant amount of information to see, it is surprisingly organized. As I have mentioned before, the page I was initially directed to carried a lot of information and endless scrolls of words that seemed a bit foreign. After reading through it some more, I learned that the bolded scriptures placed on the left side of the page were titled according to one’s desired search. Following the bolded headings, there would be brief descriptions about what one may find under this listing.

One item that caught me by surprise foremost was the fact that there are even preserved audio recordings and videos found within this archive. Of the 303 boxes, H.A. and Margret Rey have saved audio records. I can only imagine how surreal such an instance may be to just listen to them. It is strange enough to have availability to everything else, but audio recordings really top it off. Another fascinating fact I came across pertains to the language of the works of the Reys. Though the main language in majority of the findings is English, some pieces are even written in German, French and Portuguese!

Overall, I am pretty excited to get the ball rolling and to start participating in some hands on research of the infamous archive.


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