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Winter and the Children by Hilde Hoffman and Beatrice Braun-Fock

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Fans of mid century children’s book illustration will find pretty much everything they’re looking for in Winter and the Children.

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Dapper costumes abound, with children decked in some glorious knitwear, and check out the town mayor dressed to impress in tweed, plus fours and a goatee.

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There’s an array of different architectural styles on display too, ranging from European style townhouses to picture windowed bungalows.

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And this being Christmas there are of course a range of weirdly designed characters like the pointy nosed, elfish snow cleaning drones.

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A gloriously chilly Jack Frost covers over their hard work with a blast from his enormous sack of snow.

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The only thing lacking is a decent story, but who cares when you have the work of Beatrice Braun-Fock to feast on.

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Originally published in German as Der Winter und die Kinder in 1959, it was quickly translated into American becoming Old Man Winter Comes to Town.

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Long out of print it has been republished (and re-translated) in the essential Taschen Treasury of Wintertime Tales.

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