Picnic

Summertime is Picnic time. Today I am reposting a blog I wrote six years ago, celebrating picnics. I’ve thrown a few new images in the hamper.

Feodor Rojankovsky

sip the roses, anonymous artist, 1809

In 1809 John Roscoe published The Butterfly’s Birthday which included the following advice (still good today):

roscoe advice

Beautiful summer days are meant for pleasure.

kite and garland 1825

Find someplace comfortable to spend an afternoon.

Rudolf Mates: A Forest Story

Spread out your picnic.

August Picnic by Julie Paschkis

Picnics can be small.

Sylvester by William Steig

Sylvester by William Steig

Or big.

Faith Ringgold quilt: Church Picnic

You never know who might show up.

Don’t bring too much.

On Market Street: words by Arnold Lobel and pictures by Anita Lobel 1981

On Market Street: words by Arnold Lobel and pictures by Anita Lobel 1981

If you bring raspberry tarts, make sure there are enough for everyone.

Raspberries by Jay O'Callahan, illustrated by WIll Moses 2009

Raspberries by Jay O’Callahan, illustrated by WIll Moses 2009

Picnic food doesn’t need to be elaborate.Julie Paschkis fruitful

Sometimes you are the picnic.

Yuri Vasnetsov

A bonfire is the best way to end a summer evening.

Orlando the Marmalade Cat by Kathleen Hale 1938

Orlando the Marmalade Cat by Kathleen Hale 1938

I hope you are having fun summer days filled with excursions and picnics. If you have ideas for the perfect food or book to bring on a picnic, please comment.

She Sells Sea Shells, Seymour Chwast 2008

She Sells Sea Shells, Seymour Chwast 2008

9 responses to “Picnic

  1. A completely delightful post, reminding me of some books I have loved! [Sylvester & Market Place, particularly] Tar Beach could have been included, but Faith R was included in another way.

    • Julie Paschkis

      I love the book Tar Beach – the idea, the words and the pictures. Thanks for bringing it to the picnic.

  2. Some gorgeous illustrations, here. Love Orlando, the Marmalade Cat. I’m feeling more summery, now, while sitting in San Francisco’s summer fog. No picnic ’til the sun shines!

  3. So much beauty in every part, Julie. I looked up Orlando, the Marmalade Cat & had no idea there were many tales of that cat. Hope I can find some at the library! My first thought was an old song one grandmother used to play on the piano & sing with us, The Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Picnics are simply delightful, aren’t they? Thanks for all the joy!

  4. Julie, I loved the trip through summer delights. These send me head over heals in love with summer colors. Thank you.

    • Thanks for your comment. I hope your summer has included colorful picnics – perhaps with blueberries and ruby red cherries.

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