Wednesday, November 10, 2010

This is Not a Boat #12, A Celebration Day for Amos McGee

Today is day four of our celebration of A Sick Day for Amos McGee. So far we've celebrated in elephants, in tortoises, and in penguins. Today we celebrate in rhinoceroses. First, to the Belgian Congo, a country defunct since 1960. I like the Belgians. They have a wonderful tradition of children's illustration both past and present. I hear they really made a mess of the Congo though. In the future they should probably stick to kid's lit.
Next we visit French Equatorial Africa. This country went out of business in 1958. It was a bad few years for European imperialism.
This next stamp, from South Africa, is just great. It bears a strong resemblance to Erin's illustration beneath which is purely (and strangely) coincidental. I guess there are only so many ways to draw a rhinoceros.

Come back tomorrow for our closing ceremony. There will be owls!

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