Brian Wildsmith 123 – Triangle inspiration

This book was an amazing find whilst op-shopping with Miss Pilgrim a few weeks ago – I must say it was the find of the day. Published in 1965, this beautifully illustrated book by Brian Wildsmith is in mint condition, but what really blows me away are the colours and shapes! Emma loves the ‘silly’ cat on the cover with the triangle head. Recently we’ve seen a revival of triangles in the art/craft/design community, and I must say, for a book that was published 45 years ago, these illustrations are looking super duper ‘on trend’. Emma is really into counting at the moment, she will happily count objects into the teens. I’m blown away by how quickly she is grasping concepts like numbers and shapes. Colours how ever, not her strong point. I can see we will both enjoy this book for a long time. How lovely is this hot air balloon?

I can’t wait to share a project with you later on this week that was inspired by some of these beautiful illustrations…watch this space.



  • leslie says:

    AWESOME. kids are funny, hey? mae still can't really count (i think she can do to three…) but she had colours and shapes down pat really early on.

  • Alex Fulton Design says:

    Bet there was a bun-fight between you and Miss P regarding who gets to take this wee beauty home!! Very cool Cinti.

  • Anna says:

    lovely! such beautiful colors, great inpiration. 🙂

  • KLT says:

    What a great book! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Look forward to your project…

  • Maxabella says:

    What a brilliant book to inspire young minds. I am always on the look out for this kind of thing for my children. Feeding their creative spirit is my big priority! Lucky find for you guys, Miss Cinti. x

  • fee @ chipper nelly says:

    Hmmm, hard not to be inspired!
    what a lovely find,
    fee x

  • Anna Maria says:

    such a fantastic find!

    I'm so very glad that books like this are being bought and appreciated, instead of cut up in the name of 'recycling'… thanks for sharing the lovely images.

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