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Mary Azarian

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Mary Azarian is an American woodcut artist and children's book illustrator. She won the 1999 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. It tells about the life of Wilson Bentley. She lives in Plainfield, Vermont. She produces original prints and has illustrated over 50 books.

After she graduated from Smith College, she moved to farm in Vermont. Azarian and her husband farmed horses, oxen, chickens, a jersey milk cow, a sheep, and a goat. Azarian and her husband made their three sons helped them with their gardens.

Before beginning her career as a full-time artist, Azarian taught in a one-room schoolhouse for three years. After she finished her three years of teaching, she decided she wanted to make a living selling woodcut prints. She began producing her prints by hand and in black and white. Eventually, she began adding color to her prints by hand. Finally, she found an old Vandercook proof press and began using it to produce the prints.

Beginning in the 1970s, Azarian begun illustrating children’s books. Azarian is most interested in working with simple shapes.

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The Tale of John Barleycorn: Or from Barley to Beer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781567926040
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Published: Davd R. Godine - January 31st, 2019

The ballad of John Barleycorn is still sung in England today, replaying the age-old story of grain, the essential component of beer-making. From planting, harvesting, brewing, and celebrating, this ballad covers the entire process and includes a new and improved bathtub recipe Restored with the lovely and appropriate calligraphy by George Laws, and the expressive vignettes and initial letters.

Farmers Alphabet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780879233976
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - October 31st, 2012

An alphabet book of woodcuts featuring activities and objects associated with New England farm life, from Apple, Barn, Cow through aX, Yawn, Zinnia.

A Gardener's Alphabet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618548811
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 4th, 2005

Revealing the variety of life underground, the bright comfort of a greenhouse on a winter’s day, or the anticipation of starting seeds indoors in early spring, this striking alphabet book celebrates the simple joys of gardening. Without neglecting the frustrations—the nibbling critters and the toil—or wry, humorous moments spent in the garden.

Snowflake Bentley Cover Image
ISBN: 9780395861622
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 1998

"Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied." -- Wilson Bentley (1865-1931)

From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal.