See and Say

See and Say by Antonio Frasconi cover, title in bright colors on a white background

Cover of See and Say

By Antonio Frasconi, Harcourt, Brace and World, 1955

See and Say

Written and Illustrated by Antonio Frasconi

New York, Harcourt, Brace and World, 1955

8.4" x 5.8"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

Antonio Frasconi

self-portrait by Antonio Frasconi

Growing up in Uruguay as the son of Italian immigrant parents, Antonio Frasconi learned early to appreciate the value of a multilingual and cultural perspective. In 1945, he moved to New York to pursue an art career and over the next decade emerged as a master printmaker and book illustrator.

Eager to instill in his son Pablo "respect for other nationalities and the understanding of their cultures," Frasconi created this, his first children's book. Differences in format and age level notwithstanding, See and Say's text in English, Italian, French, and Spanish—and its wide-ranging concern for real-world phenomena—clearly mark its descent from the Orbis Sensualium Pictus.


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See and Say by Antonio Frasconi interior page, a boat, a fish, and a hat are displayed in bright colors, around each image is the name of the item in English, Italian, French, and Spanish

Interior page of See and Say

By Antonio Frasconi, Harcourt, Brace and World, 1955


Photo accessed from "MoMA". Antonio Frasconi, Self Portrait.  Accessed January 25, 2019. https://www.moma.org/collection/works/65360