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Maud (1890-1971) and Miska (1888-1960) Petersham were a husband-and-wife illustration team who wrote and illustrated more than sixty books for children, and illustrated over a hundred works written by other authors. The couple received the Caldecott Medal for The Rooster Crows---a book of American songs, rhymes and games in the tradition of Mother Goose---in 1946. A single illustrator is chosen each year to receive this prestigious award, and they were also given the 1942 Caldecott (Honor) Award for An American ABC.

The Petersham's traveled to foreign locations such as Holland, Greece and Germany to research their books, and enjoyed a close working relationship with their juvenile editor. They were allowed to plan their own projects---from making the dummy to choosing the format, layout, colors and type---and their routine consisted of Maud writing the stories and doing the roughs; after which Miska would finish with the color separations on acetate and a wealth of tedious handwork.

Over the last 80 years, hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed Maude and Miska Petersham's art, and we are honored to be part of bringing The Christ Child---one of their most beloved books---back into print.
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Maud and Miska Petersham working in their studio.
Maud and Miska Petersham in their yard.