On my 25th birthday my sister gave me one of the best gifts I have ever received. It came wrapped in a beautiful floral print. As I looked at the wrapping paper, I slowly realized where I knew that pattern from: the end pages of my all-time favorite picture book, The Seamstress of Salzburg by Anita Lobel. My sister had found an old library copy on sale on eBay and photocopied the end papers to make the wrapping. (Nice touch, huh?)
We never owned this book when I was growing up but I remembered constantly checking it out and renewing it from the library and poring over the incredibly lush images. I hadn’t thought about the book in a long time but when I saw it again that day it brought up so many feelings I actually started crying, then sobbing. In a good way. The palette of this book is so beautiful it actually makes my heart ache a bit.
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