In 1947 the book The Little Island, written by Golden MacDonald, was published. The author’s name isn’t one many would recognize, though. It was a pseudonym used by the beloved author of Goodnight Moon: Margaret Wise Brown.
The Little Island’s illustrations by Leonard Weisgard were awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1947. The painted pictures are full of color and texture. Clouds are fluffy like cotton candy. Kingfishers are downy and vibrant. Wild strawberries are luscious and ripe, ready to be picked and eaten. The inquisitive kitten, his blue eyes blazing, is furry and soft. Even the illustrations that are in grayscale are full of rich detail. Weisgard captured the changing seasons on the island with a skillful hand and clever imagination.