Monday, 4 February 2013

Jabotí, a flute-playing tortoise

'Jabotí, a flute-playing tortoise', an illustration by JVL in Adventures of Jabotí on the Amazon
by Lena F. Hurlong, Abelard Schuman, 1968.

I had been illustrating for 7 years before I was commissioned by Klaus Flugge (now of Andersen Press) to illustrate my first children's book in 1968. This was a collection of fables about an ingenious flute-playing tortoise called Jabotí, who outwitted the larger creatures of the jungle, such as jaguars and crocodiles.

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