ionadanielson.com is the home of restored vintage classic books for children. Only favorite illustrated children's books of the past century are chosen for restoration. Color enhancement and color restoration is labor-intensive, not cost effective for commercial publishers, and authors do not usually illustrate their own stories. Some classic works rival anything offered today--both in story content and illustration; therefore, carefully selected vintage classics are lovingly being rescued from obscurity and their long-faded graphics digitally enhanced to original brightness. Some are offered for free.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes I do; and subconsciously must be the reason that I've chosen the vintage-classic direction of my own books and e-books. The book was Disney's Water Babies Circus. I was so magically astounded by the water babies playing on lily pads and waking up as each water lily unfolded their petals to the sun's rays. It was an instant transportation into that world where I felt safe being surrounded by little water friends. My first book Tooey, Freckles & Ming: Their Beginning In Rainbow Land is all about such an experience with the animals and children all in one accord, happy, playing games, swimming with swans and having the ability to rise into the trees and sit with eagles. Even the rainbow food is magic and delicious.
How do you approach cover design?
It's a combination of what Rainbow Land itself is all about and what the main contents of that particular book is. For instance: In Rainbow Land winter never exists; therefore all the innumerable shades and tints of rainbow colors exist in in soft pastels to bright intensity everywhere. There is never a drab or cold landscape except if Wise Owl is in the Reading Room reading a story to the children about a little boy living and surviving in the desert such as the book Tooey, Freckles & Ming Read Short Stories Age 3-6 Volume 1 is about. So, to give the reader an instant story picture of the book contents, I show the rainbow over Castle Caring where each child and creature first arrive when they slide down the rainbow, a fruit tree in full spring blossom and a oversized placement of Wise Owl reading from a story book that's chosen by the children. The book Wise Owl reads from is large enough between his wing-hands that the reader knows instantly what story awaits them inside. All the stories chosen by the children for Wise Owl to read are carefully selected vintage classics that have proven their popularity over the ages both in story content and illustration quality.
This book is 144 pages of getting to know more about the characters in Rainbow Land. SweetiePie sleeps soundly enclosed in the petals of a water lily and Baby Giraffe comes to greet her and take her to play time and the reading room. The Twins and Spot are introduced for the first time. Spot is not into fairy tales but prefers to learn about endnagered animals, but Cinderella wins the day.
ionadanielson.com releases a new series featuring the familiar characters of Rainbow Land and the familiar characters of vintage classic books known and loved by children for over a century. Vintage stories should not be lost and forgotten. Their author/illustrators were renown for a reason and this generation should have the privilege of knowing who they are by seeing their works in print again.
Each short story is a famous classic work rescued from obscurity. The children in the Reading Room of Rainbow Land choose a classic book to be read by Wise Owl. The book is read and it is then snack time when everyone is able to enjoy their several rainbow snacks: Rainbow Macaroons, Rainbow Ice Cream, and Rainbow Sherbet. Some of the Rainbow Bears enjoy their snack in the Tree House.
This is a new short series showcasing the illustrative works of Walter Crane and others who beautifully personify flowers of every kind and put them into a story setting with rhyme. This first volume offers the children who are assembled in the Reading Room of Caring Castle in Rainbow Land a delightful and entertaining story about a Flower Wedding.
This is the second volume of the Tooey, Freckles & Ming Reads Short Stories Age 3-6. Wise Owl is a one of the primary readers in the Reading Room at Rainbow Land. The story that Wise Owl reads to the children in any particular volume will be identifiable as a book being held by Wise Owl on the cover.
In this volume the story being read to the children is Hans Christian Anderson's story The Angel.
This is the first volume of the Tooey, Freckles & Ming Reads Short Stories Age 3-6. The book being read to the children in this volume is Abdul of Arabia which introduces young readers to a different culture, different architecture, different salutations and different but critical methods of desert survival. It is an interesting read for the young reader with a nice, comfortable feel-good ending.
This book in the Tooey, Freckles & Ming series introduces the very important characters of The Rainbow Bears who are guardians of all the children and animals in Rainbow Land. The three Primary Guardians are Tooey, Freckles and Ming. In this book, each letter of the alphabet has a Rainbow Bear attached to the letter and many of the letters have a Rainbow Bear participant in the story-rhyme.
The READ PICTURE BOOKS series is written for toddlers and offers another inside look into Rainbow Land--where it is, how to get there, who lives there and what everyone does there. It's a magical land with happy learning adventures.
This is the second book in the Tooey, Freckles & Ming series. It introduces SweetiePie who just arrived in Rainbow Land yesterday as detailed in the first series book entitled IN RAINBOW LAND. In this book SweetiePie meets new friends in the Reading Room and Panda and Wise Owl take turns reading to her. After snack time she returns to her room with BabyGiraffe her newest friend.
This is the first book in the Tooey, Freckles and Ming series that introduces the reader to all the characters that come together in great love and friendship in Rainbow Land. Children and creatures live in joyous harmony in play. They have an all-day festival that celebrates the meeting and welcoming of new arrivals, enjoy sweet, delicious Rainbow Food and watch fireworks on Rainbow Lake.
This is the first offering of the Tooey, Freckles, and Ming series of children's books. It is a baby's first alphabet picture book of animals from around the world. Some animals drink nectar from flowers; some swim with whales and dolphins; some hide in empty sea shells on the bottom of the ocean; some hide deep in the rainforest and are rarely seen; and some live high in the mountains of Tibet.