Ruth Krauss was an American writer of children's books and
theatrical poems for adults. She was the author of such books as
The Carrot Seed, Cantilever Rainbow, and I Can
Mary Blair was a prominent concept artist for the Walt Disney Company and worked on such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South, and Cinderella. Several children's books she illustrated in the 1950s remain in print today, including I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss and Baby's House by Gelolo McHugh. In 1991 she was posthumously inducted into the Disney Legends hall of fame.
I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss, illus. by Mary Blair, first published in 1951, features another solitary child in imaginary play, but the tone here is sillier. A rhyming text boasts that the girl can do anything that a variety of animals can do; for example, as she eats celery: "Crunch crunch crunch/ I'm a goat out to lunch." The artwork contrasts her antics with the animals she imitates in flatly patterned, stylized shapes that owe much to 1950s-era animation. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.