Tots and Toys: A Pre-Primer; Illustrated by Kayren Draper
Tots and Toys: A Pre-Primer; Illustrated by Kayren Draper
Tots and Toys: A Pre-Primer; Illustrated by Kayren Draper
Tots and Toys: A Pre-Primer; Illustrated by Kayren Draper
Tots and Toys: A Pre-Primer; Illustrated by Kayren Draper

Tots and Toys: A Pre-Primer; Illustrated by Kayren Draper

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Gehres, Ethel Maltby; Lewis, William Dodge. Tots and Toys: A Pre-Primer; Illustrated by Kayren Draper. The John C. Winston Co., 1931. [6405]

Blue & red decorated wrappers with blue cloth tape over fold (as issued), 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches, light soil to wrappers, top front corner with old crease. 64 (1) clean pp., brightly colored illustrations throughout. Good. Wraps.

Kayren Draper (1904-?) b. Randolph, VT; American illustrator who worked primarily in the educational market; her studio was on Beacon Hill in Boston.

"Her pictures are charming and well-wrought. I find her two-color work more persuasive than her watercolors. It may be that the analytic sensibility required to succeed in a restricted palette engages the view's mind." - D. B. Dowd, Graphic Nonfiction website.

"Kayren Draper was an amazing and prolific illustrator, as can be easily seen in a web search, revealing the many books she enriched with lovely classic drawings of children. Aside from the fact that her career appears to have spanned from the mid-1920’s to the mid-1950’s, little else can be gleaned about her other than one lone message board post which says the following; 'She was born 1904 in Randolph, Vermont. Lived in Cambridge, MA in late 1920's and at least 1930's. . .' Perhaps someday someone will come forward to provide all us admirers of her fabulous style with more information about her life and times." - amazon review.

"Miss Kayren Draper, of 177 Prospect, a well known artist, held open house at her studio on Beacon Hill, Boston, Christmas Eve. She was assisted by Miss Dorothy Handscher, another artist with a studio in the same building, whose home is in Seattle." - Cambridge Tribune, 31 December 1937.