It’s difficult to get rid of Anno’s books. Mitsumasa Anno, a Japanese teacher turned artist, has a series of children’s books, no text, but amazingly detailed illustrations. “Anno’s Italy” and “Anno’s U.S.A” were favorites in Jenny’s childhood books.
Anno’s illustrations are filled with real scenes, the plains of the Midwest or the streets of New York City. Fields in Tuscany or a piazza in an Italian small town. Small vignettes frequently represent iconic sculpture or paintings. Can you find “Franklin flying a kite” or Michangelo “designing a sculpture?”