Brinton Turkle

So, I came across this wonderful book called THE BOY WHO DIDN’T BELIEVE IN SPRING. It is written by Lucille Clifton, and illustrated by Brinton Turkle.

Brinton Turkle was born 15 August 1915, in Alliance, Ohio, the son of Edgar Harold (a funeral director) and Ada (Cassaday) Turkle. He attended Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University, 1933-1936) and School of Boston Museum of Art (1938-1940).

His work reminds me of a few of my fav. illustrators, Evaline Ness (who also did work with Lucille Clifton), Patricia Polacco, and Jan Ormerod to name a few.


  1. Marjorie
    September 22, 2009

    I just found my way to your blog as I’m writing a post about Jan Ormerod’s Water Twitcher – and am intrigued by The Boy Who Didn’t Beleive in Spring – I couldn’t believe it when you pointed out the illustrator was born in 1915, which must mean the book was produced a goodly time ago – it looks so modern!

    • admin
      September 23, 2009

      The book is so awesome. You must check it out. The main character’s name is King Shabazz, which if nothing else, made it a must read for me. *chuckle*


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