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Margaret Power Margaret Power i(A51369 works by) (a.k.a. Mary Power; Ming Power)
Born: Established: 1945 Melbourne, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 20 May 2019
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

An illustrator of numerous children's books, Margaret Power won a four year scholarship to study illustration at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She worked for an advertising agency before travelling overseas in 1966. She lived in London and Amsterdam for ten years where she worked as a fashion and product designer in department stores, before returning to Australia in 1976. She initially continued to work in advertising, specialising in storyboard and fashion illustration, and also illustrated stories for New Idea magazine and reading scheme and mathematics books. Her first picture book commission was for the successful Creatures in the Beard and The Long Red Scarf.

Power co-authored, with Calvin J. Irons (q.v.), the children's educational readers Baker Bill, Everything Half Price: A Story About Halving Patterns (1999) and Miss Gobbledegook: A Story About Multiplication and Division (1999).

Power's animal illustrations in children's books are the result of extensive research, and a process of redrawing from the initial roughs, using different media and colours to establish accuracy.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Long Red Scarf Adelaide : Omnibus Books , 1987 Z829806 1987 single work picture book children's After all his female relatives refuse to knit him a scarf as they go on about their business - driving the cows, building a crib, Grandfather learns to knit himself.
1988 honour book CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
y separately published work icon Creatures in the Beard Adelaide : Omnibus Books , 1986 Z831382 1986 single work picture book children's humour When his father shaves off his big and bushy beard, it is up to Nicholas to find a new home for the robin, mouse, and baby possum who had been living in the beard.
1987 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
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