The Ugly Duckling (1999)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Ugly Duckling (1999)

Music Credit:
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Sarah Vaughn
Album: This Is the Life
Written By: Harold Arlen

In this emotional retelling of a classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, a duckling who is different from the rest overcomes the cruel treatment of his siblings, cold, and loneliness to find peace and happiness when his true identity […]

The Ugly Duckling (1999) 2017-03-01T11:38:12+00:00

Sam and the Tigers (1996)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Sam and the Tigers (1996)

Music Credit:
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (Without Narration)
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Ondrej Lenard
Album: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (Without Narration)
Composed By: Sergei Prokofiev

Sam and the Tigers is a retelling of Little Black Sambo, a tale written in 1899 by Scottish author Helen Bannerman, who intended it […]

Sam and the Tigers (1996) 2017-03-01T11:38:12+00:00

God Bless the Child (2012)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

God Bless the Child (2012)

Music Credit:
Shine On Me
Gloria Jean Pinkney
Album: Music From Our Lord’s Holy Heaven
Written By: Gloria Jean Pinkney

Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.’s swing spiritual God Bless the Child, written in 1939, was the inspiration for Jerry Pinkney’s moving depiction of one family’s move north during the Great Migration of the 1930s. The […]

God Bless the Child (2012) 2017-03-01T11:38:11+00:00

Noah’s Ark (2002)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Noah’s Ark (2002)

Music Credit: 
Didn’t It Rain?
Marion Williams & The Gospel Caravan
Album: Gospel les grands classiques
Written By: Traditional

Jerry Pinkney’s mother Willie Mae was a homemaker and an occasional day worker, and was largely responsible for keeping her children wellfed, clothed, and disciplined. In her little spare time each day she sat in her favorite reading chair next […]

Noah’s Ark (2002) 2017-03-01T11:38:09+00:00

The Little Match Girl (1999)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Little Match Girl (1999)

Music Credit:
Agnus Dei, Op. 11
David Hill: Winchester Cathedral Choir
Album: Lux Aeterna
Composed By: Samuel Barber

When Jerry Pinkney adapted this classic Hans Christian Andersen tale, he transformed the author’s European setting to a bustling American city filled with the crowded tenements of the 1920s. Cars and carriage-filled streets, the push carts […]

The Little Match Girl (1999) 2017-03-01T11:38:09+00:00

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1991)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1991)

Music Credit:
My Man’s Gone Now
Miles Davis
Album: Porgy and Bess
Written By: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin & D. Heyward

Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937, is the best-known work of African American writer Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960). The novel traces Janie Crawford’s “ripening from a vibrant but voiceless teenage girl […]

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1991) 2017-03-01T11:38:09+00:00

The Old African (2005)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Old African (2005)

Music Credit:
Oh Freedom
Sweet Honey In the Rock
Album: Freedom Song (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Written By: Traditional

The Old African is portrayed as powerful and intelligent being who longed for freedom and his homeland. In the story, the character exhibited the steadfast faith resiliency that his people needed to escape the pain and bondage of […]

The Old African (2005) 2017-03-01T11:38:09+00:00

The Tales of Uncle Remus (1987)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Tales of Uncle Remus (1987)

Music Credit:
Salt Peanuts
Dizzy Gillespie
Album: Groovin’ High
Written By: Gillespie / Clarke

A collection of stories about the exploits of Brer Rabbit and other colorful creatures, the tales of Uncle Remus were first published in book form in 1881 by Joel Chandler Harris (1845–1908), an American journalist, fiction writer, and folklorist. […]

The Tales of Uncle Remus (1987) 2017-03-01T11:38:08+00:00

Aesop’s Fables (2015) & The Lion and the Mouse (2009)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Aesop’s Fables (2015) &
The Lion and the Mouse (2009)

Music Credit: 
Circle of Life
Tsidii Le Loka, The Lion King Ensemble, Lebo M & Faca Kulu
Album: The Lion King (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Written By: Elton John and Tim Rice

Personification is central to Jerry Pinkney’s work, which frequently features believably humanistic animals. “For me, there is a balance between the natural beauty […]

Aesop’s Fables (2015) & The Lion and the Mouse (2009) 2017-03-01T11:38:08+00:00

John Henry (2009)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

John Henry (2009)

Jerry Pinkney worked closely with author Julius Lester on several important works inspired by cultural narratives, including John Henry, a childhood favorite that offered the opportunity to “create an African American hero that would inspire all.” The importance of leading a well-lived life is a theme that emanates from this African American folk ballad, illuminated through artworks […]

John Henry (2009) 2017-03-01T11:38:08+00:00

The Nightingale (2002)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Nightingale (2002)

The Nightingale is the story of a humble songbird whose beautiful voice brings her great fame and an esteemed place in the king’s court. Ultimately, after saving the life of the king, the nightingale chooses to leave her regal new home to return to a peaceful life in the forest. Though the original tale by Hans Christian […]

The Nightingale (2002) 2017-03-01T11:38:08+00:00

Puss in Boots (2015)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Puss in Boots (2015)

Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault was first published in France in 1697, and later translated in England in 1729, the time period in which Jerry Pinkney’s version is set. The story focuses on the antics of a clever cat who tricks both a king and a sorcerer to make his master’s dreams come true. Pictured […]

Puss in Boots (2015) 2017-03-01T11:38:08+00:00

Rikki Tikki Tavi (1997)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Rikki Tikki Tavi (1997)

Carefully observed, animal behavior and the distinct creature characteristics are reflected in Pinkney’s images for Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, which feature Nag and Nagaina, two giant cobras who rear their sinister heads, and Darzee and the birds, who sing out messages of joy and warning. Shifting visual perspectives, from a birds-eye to worms-eye view, create a sense of drama […]

Rikki Tikki Tavi (1997) 2017-03-01T11:38:07+00:00

The Talking Eggs (1989)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Talking Eggs (1989)

An adaptation of a Creole folktale, The Talking Eggs tells the story of a sweet young heroine who labors in service to her lazy mother and sister until her kindness to an old woman propels her into a miraculous world. Among the magical treasures she discovers there are dancing animals, two-headed cows, and talking eggs that cry out […]

The Talking Eggs (1989) 2017-03-01T11:38:07+00:00

Gulliver’s Travels (1974)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Gulliver’s Travels (1974)

Music Credit: 
He Ran All the Way
Bobby McFerrin
Album: Medicine Music
Written By: Bobby McFerrin

Limited edition releases by The Franklin Library, the nation’s largest distributor of classic books designed for the collector’s market, featured Jerry Pinkney’s work in the late 1970s by aligning his art with texts by acknowledged literary giants. Gulliver’s Travels, a full-length satirical work […]

Gulliver’s Travels (1974) 2017-03-01T11:38:07+00:00

The Covenant (1980)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Covenant (1980)

Music Credit: 
Remember Me
Lucky Dube
Album: Prisoner 
Written By: Richard Siluma

Though he knew it to be an important literary work, Jerry Pinkney had not read The Covenant until he was commissioned to illustrate it. Excited by the prospect, he absorbed the text slowly to gather detailed information that would be useful for his drawings. His artworks for the […]

The Covenant (1980) 2017-03-01T11:38:07+00:00

These 13 (1979)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

These 13 (1979)

Music Credit: 
Appalachia Waltz
Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer & Mark O’Connor
Album: Appalachia Waltz
Written By: Mark O’Connor – arr:Meyer

First published in 1931, These 13 by William Faulkner was the author’s first mass-release short story collection. It includes many of Faulkner’s most acclaimed and frequently anthologized short stories. After immersing himself in Faulkner’s narratives, Pinkney provided eye-catching illustrations for […]

These 13 (1979) 2017-03-01T11:38:07+00:00

The Jungle Book (1995)

DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

The Jungle Book (1995)

Tales of young children raised by wolves date back to the legend of Romulus and Remus, the twins who founded Rome. However, none have captivated imaginations as completely as Rudyard Kipling’s stories of young Mowgli and the loyal animals who protect him from harm. First published in 1894, the collection of stories originally featured illustrations by […]

The Jungle Book (1995) 2017-03-01T11:38:06+00:00

Curriculum (Grades 6-12): Making Positive Change

Build writing skills, media literacy, and civic responsibility as you explore ways that Jerry Pinkney helped to diversify children’s literature.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Goals:

  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Curriculum (Grades 6-12): Making Positive Change 2017-03-01T11:38:05+00:00

Norman Rockwell Museum To Host Family Day For Muddy Brook Elementary School Families

As part of its new Berkshire County Student Passport Program, Norman Rockwell Museum will host a special day for families of Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School students, who recently completed the education outreach program, on Saturday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Norman Rockwell Museum To Host Family Day For Muddy Brook Elementary School Families 2017-03-06T11:20:39+00:00