The power of children's picture books hasn't escaped Carol Wolfenbarger.
More than 30 years later, the Columbus resident readily recalls the effect that such illustrations had on the fourth- and fifth-graders she taught during the 1970s.
"The kids would use the books as models for their own art," she said. "They would be so inspired."
The teacher was likewise inspired, buying her first piece of original art from a children's book during the 1980s -- and initiating a collection that has grown to 60 pieces of original art, plus limited-edition prints and papers.
"If you're not involved with children's books, you might overlook this beautiful field," said Wolfenbarger, who, at 66, is no longer a classroom teacher.
"I just so admire the work, and I think it's equal to any fine art."
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