'Goofus and Gallant' (December 1995).

Christopher "Kit" Wray is an American illustrator, best known for his "Hidden Picture" books and his work for Highlights for Children in the 1980s and 1990s. He briefly continued the long-running educational series 'Goofus and Gallant' in 1995. 

Highlights for Children
After college, Wray studied at the Arts Students League in New York, and won the National Academy of Art Austin Abbey Scholarship for a year's work at the American Academy in Rome. He began his collaboration with the educational monthly magazine Highlights for Children in 1983. Besides being a regular illustrator, he also contributed to the 'Goofus and Gallant' feature in 1995, during the interlude between the death of Sidney A. Quinn and the new illustrator Anni Matsick. The moralistic picture stories learn children good manners by presenting on one side a mischievous child engaging in unacceptable behavior (Goofus), and on the other side a model child (Gallant) showing how it should be done.

Hidden Picture books and other illustration work
Wray is best known for his book illustrations, mostly with an educational or Christian theme. He specialized in so-called "hidden picture books" - retellings of classic stories or fairy tales with drawings concealing various objects and animals for the reader to find. For Boyds Mills Press, he for instance made 'Snow White' (1991), 'Rapunzel' (1991), 'Robin Hood' (1992) and 'King Arthur' (1992) in this genre, while for Standard Publishing he gave the 'Old Testament' (1993) the same treatment. Other books with his illustrations are 'Lincoln's Little Girl: A True Story' (1994) by Fred Trump and 'Reflections from a Mud Puddle - Helping Children Cope and Grow' (1998) by Marcella Fisher Anderson, both for Boyd Mills Press, and a series of Christmas picture books for Checkerboard Press in the late 1980s.

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