Even as a child, Mary Blair loved color, and all she wanted to do was to make art. But becoming an artist wasn't easy. Her parents worked hard to provide her paper and paints, and Mary worked hard to enter contests and earn a spot at a school for the arts. She even had to work hard to find her place at the Walt Disney Studios. But Walt was easily impressed by Mary. When she joined his trip to South America, Mary had never seen such color. She collected that color and used it in her concept art for Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan, and even the It's a Small World attraction at Disneyland.
"A smiling, button-eyed Blair is pictured alongside Cinderella's silver carriage, Alice's upside-down mirror, and Wendy's nursery room windowall projects Blair created concept art for. Lee's art also imitates the bold, blocky figures that Blair designed for It's a Small World, her magnum opus, a ride that fosters goodwill and worldwide peace. This wonderful biography not only shows how Blair has influenced Walt Disney Studios, but it also captures her verve for life and bountiful imagination. Share this one with young, aspiring artists, especially those willing to break the rules."(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)