Meet Sarah Kay, lover of sunshine, springtime and floppy straw hats. A country girl at heart, she’ll choose gardening gloves over sparkly accessories any day of the week. Her favorite jeans are well worn-in, and her ideal footwear is none at all. Friend of animals, grower of flowers and fruits, her place of preference is anywhere outdoors – but especially in her garden. Little sister and big dreamer, she cares deeply for family, friends and the world in which they live. Kind in spirit and full of heart, she believes that we can make that world a better, more beautiful place, starting right in our own backyards.
The Sarah Kay collection was started by Valentine Publishing in the early 1970s and quickly became popular among girls throughout Australia, New Zealand, most of Europe and Latin America. Sarah Kay illustrations were featured mostly on greeting cards, swap cards and postcards. The illustrator is Vivien Kubbos who does not desire any fame hence she doesn't have a website of her own. However Valentine Publishing eventually became John Sands (Australia) Ltd, and they still manage the brand today.
At the very mention of that cute name, there is a tide of wonderful, warm, heartfelt memories unleashed. I got my Sarah Kay sticker album when I was third or fourth grade and filled it full to my and my sister's delight. We used to sit for hours, and leaf through it, savouring every single image, learning the rhymes by heart - for there were rhymes accompanying every picture, pretending we can join the little characters in their play and chores.
What I still love most about it is the set of values praised through the illustrations: love and respect of all living things, nurturing friendship, encouraging acceptance of rights and especially responsibilities, enjoying nature and the world, respecting traditions.
I still have the album stored somewhere, but couldn't find it in time for this post. Has any of you had the Sarah Kay experience :) ?
I also wrote about Marika who is another of my wonderful childhood memories.