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First exhibit of Gramatky children's book illustrations
Westport Public Library March 1 - April 30, 2007

In Gramatky's home town, in the nationally renowned Westport (CT) Public Library, there will be an exhibit of original art from the classic Little Toot and his other children's books as well some of his fine art watercolors. The show in the Great Room will be open to the public daily. The date of the opening reception has not been announced yet.

Little Toot published in Restored Classic edition
September 2007 publication date

As Hardie Gramatky’s only child, I was so blessed to have an optimistic, humble, loving dad -– a person who welcomed children and their parents to visit his studio, who was always delighted to hear that someone loved Little Toot and his other books, and who joyfully painted until the end of his life at age 72.

Over the years since his death in 1979, I have seen new editions of Little Toot come out and have witnessed renewed interest in his fine art watercolors (Andrew Wyeth called him one of “the twenty great American watercolorists”). However, each time I looked at his classic children’s book, Little Toot, in print since 1939, I noticed that his wonderfully vibrant red and blue colors had faded to insipid oranges and grays over years of printings. One day when my husband, Kendall, and I were visiting Putnam to talk about what would have been Dad’s 100th birthday on April 12, 2007, I brought a first edition with us. We all marveled over the freshness of the original colors and talked about how we could bring back the vibrancy in a “restored classic edition.” The book you are holding in your hands was created with some color sketches from Dad's original manuascript, some original artwork given to the New York Public Library (including endpapers that haven’t been seen for forty years!) and scans made from that first edition.

My wish is that you will read this edition with fresh eyes and an open heart and that Dad and Mom are looking down with great joy knowing that Little Toot is still a mischievous, imaginative tugboat that children love.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to stage Gramatky show
Jane Curley to curate exhibit

From December 2007 to May 2008, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, will have a gallery exhibit of Hardie Gramatky's original artwork from Little Toot and other children's books. Watch this space for coming details!