©Aristides Burton Demetrios

©Aristides Burton Demetrios


As a children’s book author
Fully Worked-out End Sheets

She had a firm belief that the whole book including covers and end sheets constitute a story. Many other books have blank inside of the cover, but she introduces lots of ideas there. “Choo Choo” has a drawing of train track running through a large city, an iron bridge and a tunnel, hills and mountains to reach the next station. Children can imagine looking out of the windows at rural towns and seeing horses plough the fields and feel that they are carried to a strange town in a train car. Turning the page, they see people overwhelmed to fall at awful amount of smoke puffed out by Choo Choo. Readers are joyfully excited into a story. The end sheets of “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel” show detailed drawings of a steam shovel with its functional parts depicted. Readers cannot but carefully go through the drawing with lots of interest. The ones of “The Little House” show passage of long time represented by changes of vehicles passing in front of the house. It starts from a man on a horse, a two-person carriage pulled by a horse, a faster coach and four, a bicycle, an automobile or a carriage without horses, and trains and trucks. Readers can see high-rise buildings around the house. We can see illustrations of many different cars in the text. The end sheets show a person at a loss and crying near a car with a flat tire. Children are prepared to accept long lasting change of time waiting for them.

“The Little House” End Sheets, 1942
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“Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” End Sheets, 1939
©Aristides Burton Demetrios