Parrots, Pugs, and Pixie Dust: A Book About Judith Leiber, Queen of Minaudières

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    Parrots, Pugs, and Pixie Dust: A Book About Judith Leiber, the war ended Judith immigrated to America Here, she found her vision for her designs from preening peacocks, fanciful frogs donning gilded crowns, burgers and fries, and layer cake She turned the ordinary into extraordinary handbags, designing creations unlike anything that had been seen beforeThis is an inspiring picture book about finding your passion and being creative from the same team behind Polka Dot Parade: The Story of Bill Cunningham!."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 40
  • Parrots, Pugs, and Pixie Dust: A Book About Judith Leiber, Queen of Minaudières
  • Deborah Blumenthal
  • English
  • 23 January 2019
  • 9781499808988

About the Author: Deborah Blumenthal

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10 thoughts on “Parrots, Pugs, and Pixie Dust: A Book About Judith Leiber, Queen of Minaudières

  1. Yaritza says:

    Can you possibly imaging gluing 13,000 stones per handbag? You need to have patience and a steady hand. Judith Leiber was iconic with her fabulously, sparkly and unique handbags. They were special evening bags that were shaped as animals, foods, castles, and really anything that came to Judith’s mind. Her love for purses came at an early age and she knew that she would grow up to create handbags that people will love. She had a tough life after War World II broke out. Her and her family had to sew army uniforms and at some point had to hide in order to be safe. This never deterred her and she kept on creating handbags with leftover scraps. She fell in love with an American soldier and in New York she created her business. One mistake with a metal she used on a handbag turned a bad experience to a glittery wonderland. Her happy unique bags was the “it” bag that first ladies and celebrities carried to events to pair with their outfits. These purses are costly, unique and a conversation starter. I love purses just like these beautiful master pieces. Having a bag from Judith lets you be unique and standout. This book had great illustrations that let you see how amazing and different her handbags are. Her story will teach kids that when you have a passion for something, keep doing what you love and think outside the box. Kids will truly enjoy the glittery life of Judith Leiber.

  2. Inge says:

    A little inconsistent in offering pronunciations of hard-to-read words, and it seems like only half the story was told with the peace handbag (what exactly is the author trying to convey on that page). Still, a good story told with appealing visuals.

  3. Celebrilomiel says:

    The syntax occasionally bothered me (the infelicities were primarily in the jacket flap blurb and the author bio rather than in the book itself, luckily), but my main problem with the book is that some of the facts were presented non-sequentially, so the dates appeared to not match up. I paused and flipped back a few pages to double-check a previous statement, and after finishing the book I turned to Wikipedia to fact-check.

    (view spoiler)[The book says that Judith, after working for other handbag companies, started her own company in 1963. The next spread contains an undated anecdote — implied by sequence to have occurred after 1963 — that describes how she began covering handbags with jewels. The next few pages mention famous people who carried her bags. One page states that Mamie Eisenhower carried a bejeweled bag to her husband's inaugural balls in 1953 — ten years before Judith started her own company, and consequently also prior to when the book implied that Judith had had the idea to cover bags in rhinestones. My first thought was that one of the dates had been misprinted, but then I began wondering if Mamie carried a bag designed by someone else or if the book had missed saying that the first jeweled handbag Judith designed had been created while she was working for another company. Because of the sequence of the pages, it appeared that Judith only started designing bejeweled handbags after she started her own company — a misleading presentation. The stated dates are correct, Judith did design the bag that Mamie carried, and she designed it while working for another fashion company. (hide spoiler)]

  4. Andrea Doyon says:

    But sometimes big mistakes make wrongs go right.

    And they did for Judith Leiber.

    For those readers who aren't following the latest handbag designers of recent memory, Parrots, Pugs, and Pixie Dust tells the story of one of the most famous handbag designers in current history, Judith Leiber. Her crystal-laden designs (those of us from the 80's would call them bedazzled) were worn by everyone, from first ladies, to queens, to Beyonce! She loved creating handbags like no other.

    Deborah Blumenthal starts with Leiber's humble beginnings, and with an easy storytelling style, and ends with her death last year. The illustrations are colorful and a bit abstract, enhancing the subject's vibrant life. This biography would be best suited for students in grades 2 and up, although may be a hit with younger students, if you find the right group of fashion-forward kids!

    Thanks to the author and Little Bee books for an early copy to review!

  5. Joan says:

    A charming picture book for older children (and adults) about the life and work of Judith Leiber, who was truly the mistress of the handbag, or as she was also known, the Queen of Minaudières. Her exquisitely detailed crystal-covered evening bags came in every conceivable shape from animals to food to icons, and were carried by First Ladies, movie stars, opera divas and many others.

    While Leiber lived a long life, she had known the poverty and tragedies that came with being Jewish in World War II Hungary. At the end of the war, however, she met a young American serviceman and the two married. She joined him on his return to the United States and they lived a long life together, dying at home just hours apart, after a marriage that lasted 72 years.

    Examples of Leiber's handbags can be found today in museum collections around the world – or you can buy one, if you can afford it. Meanwhile, you can enjoy this delightful book and inspire a child with Leiber's story.

  6. Rebecca says:

    I'd seen Leiber handbags (those jewel-encrusted objets d'art) on Instagram and carried by First Ladies, and now I know their story! I have to say, I'm someone who's likely to roll her eyes at over-the-top materialism, but this story made me appreciate Judith's journey from the Holocaust to the top of the fashion world, and the power of something beautiful. Take note for kids that her famous style came about due to attempting to cover a mistake! And have some rhinestones ready: you'll want to bedazzle everything after this. Points to Masha D'yan's art for looking sparkly without any glitter or foil.

    Judith never forgot how lucky she was to have survived the war. She celebrated life with parrots, pugs, and pixie dust, in all their gleaming glory, forever changing the world of dressing up. A world of magic in a handbag.

  7. Aolund says:

    I loved this picture book biography of Judith Leiber, a designer I hadn’t previously known about. The book catches the reader’s attention right away and then tells Leiber’s story, from surviving the persecution of Jews in 1940s Budapest to designing high fashion handbags to First Ladies in the USA. The beautiful illustrations really capture Leiber’s glittering artwork.

    Themes: heroines, fashion/design/art, Jewish history/heritage

    Age range: 6-10

  8. Michelle says:

    Lovely and colorful illustrations depict the exquisite work of fashion designer Judith Leiber.

  9. Rosemary Retford says:

    WOW! What a life Judtih Leiber had! This book is not only gorgeous it's inspiring too. Google Judith's jeweled handbags to gain an appreciation for her art.

  10. Jennifer says:

    I love the illustrations. I wish there were more details about Judith Leiber, and more photographs of the purses.