If you could care less about current trends you may not know that owls and birds of all kinds have been extreamly popular motifs in decorating for children and even adults. You know the fashion is bound to fade when folks start to make fun of "putting a bird on it". Check out this video. So what animal/figure will be the "hot" new trend? I have to confess - I'm in love with badgers. Not just any badger. Robert Ingpen's Badger from "The Wind in the Willows". Ingpen is a famous illustrator from Australia who, now in his 70's, has really hit his stride. He has been illustrating a series of classic children's books for Sterling Illustrated Classics. The books are unabridged and full of the most wonderful new art. The pages are thick and they have a ribbon bookmark that delights me. I've found them at Sam's Club and I own "Peter Pan" and "Alice in Wonderland" but just aquired "Wind in the Willows".
Isn't he magnificent? Wearing wellies and a "B" letter sweater. Did he go to Badger U? These scans don't even do justice to Ingpen's art.