by Danny Garrett
One of my favorite illustrations in the book is this charming little came of a black and white puppy.
I think this image is just charming and really sets a mood for doing 3 good deeds. I am also quite impressed with the way that Letitia framed the small portrait – in a semi-circle with a horizontal base and bordered in gold. It really sets it off. And the countenance on the puppy’s face really drives home its anguish. Beautiful little vignette.
The illuminations are quite eclectic on this page. And homey. ‘Princess’ gets its usual coronet, but ‘April’ is graced with a small flock of birds. But the real illuminations are the trinity of “home, sweet home” images – the house, the picket fence and the window.
The house itself is a charming pink cottage with trees as fluffy as clods surrounding it. The crowning touch for this illumination is the gate portal covered in roses. Right beneath it is a further illumination of a picket fence covered in what looks like morning glories and periwinkle, with a rose bush at its left end. Just beautiful, in and of itself. The window rounds out the three. Flanked by potted plants on the windowsill, the scarlet bow that contains the curtains looks for all the world like a resting butterfly.