These are two of the Favorite Books that live in the Kids' Bookcase.
Two Charming Authors, Robert Louis Stevenson and A.A. Milne
Illustrated by One of My Favorite Artists
Henriette Willebeek Le Mair.
So here are a few tidbits about Henriette:
She was born in Rotterdam, Holland in 1889.
Her family encouraged creativity. She published her first book when she was just 15 years old.
She ran a Nursery School out of her home so she had plenty of opportunities to observe children.
When she married H.P. Baron van Tuyall van Serooskerken (oh I love those Dutch names!) in 1920, they became followers of Inayat Khan and converted to Sufism. At this time she adopted the name SAIDA. I looked it up in the baby name book. It means "blessed, joyful." So you will see the full Henriette on older illustrations and Saida on the newer ones.
She stopped making art for the last 20 years of her life (she died in 1966) but she and her husband devoted their final years to helping the poor.
So here's a Joyful Sampling of Henriette/Saida from these little books.
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I think it is the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Robert Louis Stevenson