On June 8, 2017, the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden will be unveiled on the southeast lawn of the Abilene Civic Center. Included in the garden will be sculptures of the iconic characters from “Charlotte’s Web,” “Stuart Little,” as well as beloved characters from the popular Little Golden Books “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Three Little Kittens,” And “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Garth Williams was the most revered illustrator of his generation, and these works will be a permanent part of his legacy and Abilene’s cultural landscape.
Garth Williams is one of the most popular illustrators in children’s literature. Many of the books he illustrated are now considered classics, including “Charlotte’s Web,” “Stuart Little” and the “Little House on the Prairie” series. He also illustrated more than a dozen Little Golden Books. Although Williams wrote some books of his own, he usually worked as the eyes of the author. His imagination made the words of others come to life. He illustrated more than 100 children’s books.
One of the wonderful things about storybooks is their ability to convey the importance of values such as generosity, friendship, and respect, from one generation to the next. Often the values are discovered in a memorable quote, some of which have been selected to appear in special places throughout the garden.
To celebrate this special role storybooks play in our lives, a fifteen foot sculptural “Generation Tree” will be placed in the center of the Garden. Interested donors may honor in a lasting way the name of a relative by purchasing a leaf to be added to the tree. The names of honorees will be inscribed on a colored steel plaque. An individual name or a couple’s name will be listed on the honor board per leaf purchased. A certificate for the person you are honoring is available upon request.