The Young Readers Center at the Library of Congress has a display of Susan Roth's original illustrations from Parrots over Puerto Rico until close of business on Wednesday, October 15. The originals reveal details that the prints in the actual book cannot capture. The room, located in the Jefferson Building, G29, is open 9 to 4:30. On Monday, October 13, the room will be open to support the Main Reading Room Open House; however, the room is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Rice paper, postcards, and coins authenticate the mixed-media and watercolor collages depicting the rigorous expedition through China in the 1930s of a New York dressmaker who wanted to fulfill her deceased husband’s mission of retrieving America’s first panda. Backmatter includes a chronology and author’s note.
Spare text and stunning watercolors in an oversized format convey the extraordinary effort it took to send men to the moon. The familiar moon in Earth's sky frames a story that contrasts the cramped interior of the rockets with the vastness of space.