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AndreasenI found a small, paperback children’s book by Sarah Hines Stephens, Beauty and the Beast and Other Stories, with cover art by Dan Andreasen.

According to his Shannon Associates bio, Andreasen is a bestselling illustrator of more than fifty picture books, as well as the illustrator of American Girl historical characters, Felicity and Samantha. He has also written and illustrated seven books including, The Giant of Seville.

His graphic designs have been used to advertise products including Oscar Mayer, Chef Boyardee, Folgers, Harley Davidson, Orville Redenbacher, Kraft, Marks and Spencer and Marshall Fields.

Cover art by Dan Andreasen

Cover art by Dan Andreasen

Thumbnails of Dan Andreasen's portfolio.

Thumbnails of Dan Andreasen’s portfolio.

Chef Boyardee illustration by Dan Andreasen

Chef Boyardee illustration by Dan Andreasen

Award-winning American illustrators, Leo and Diane Dillon were an amazing couple. Sadly, Leo past away last year, ending an artistic collaboration spanning over fifty years.

In 1976 and 1977 the Dillons won the Caldecott Medal, a premier honor in U.S. book illustration. They were runner-up for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s illustrators in 1978 and nominated again in 1996.

I found a children’s book, The Ring in the Prairie, A Shawnee Legend, and immediately recognized the Dillon’s distinctively beautiful illustration style.

Cover of, The Ring in the Prairie, A Shawnee Legend, 1970

Cover, The Ring in the Prairie: A Shawnee Legend, 1970

The Ring in the Prairie, A Shawnee Legend, 1970

The Ring in the Prairie: A Shawnee Legend, 1970

The Ring in the Prairie: A Shawnee Legend, 1970

The Ring in the Prairie: A Shawnee Legend, 1970