Illustrators · Notes

The World of Garth Williams

cowkickGrowing up with Garth Williams is like growing up with a handmade quilt from your grandmother or great-aunt; it’s been in the family for years and the more you use it, the more you love it. Mr. Williams is most famous for decorating the pioneer books of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The pictures of Mary, Ma, Laura, Pa, and the brindle dog Jack all wear a comfortable familiarity. Once you get to love the feel of Garth Williams, you find you can’t do without him. Charlotte’s Web would not be Charlotte’s Web without Mr. Williams to bring Wilbur and Fern to life. The pictures are just right, just so, just how they should be. You can find also find that familiar feeling of comfort in Stuart Little, The Rescuers, and The Cricket in Times Square.

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