Mood Books: The Children’s Stories of Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin

Mar 14, 2020 - Dec 30, 2020
Duvoisin Gallery

In 1947, children’s author Alvin Tresselt and illustrator Roger Duvoisin collaborated on their first book, the instant classic White Snow, Bright Snow, which captures a small town transformed by a winter storm. Winning the prestigious Caldecott Medal, it launched a long and successful partnership between Tresselt and Duvosin, who went on to create seventeen more books together. Often described as “mood books,” these stories typically focus on the transformative effects of time and weather, encouraging children to observe the natural wonders of our everyday environments. Drawn entirely from our permanent collection, this exhibition features illustrations from four of their books – White Snow, Bright Snow; Hide and Seek Fog (1965); It’s Time Now! (1969); What Did You Leave Behind? (1978) – to celebrate the enduring union of Tresselt’s poetic storytelling and Duvoisin’s delightful artwork.

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Roger Duvoisin

Cover design for Hide and Seek Fog, 1965

Gouache on illustration board

11 9/16 × 18 ¾ in. (29.4 × 47.7 cm)

Gift of the Estate of Ellin Greene


Used by permission of the Literary Estate of Roger Duvoisin in the care of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc.

Photo Peter Jacobs