Thursday, May 22, 2008
Truly Golden Books
I have been absent from the blog world for a while because our computer died. One morning last week Jeffrey tried to turn it on and... nothing. It is shocking to realize how much I missed blogging. How much I missed all of you. Happily, our newer, racier computer is now up and running. So here I am, rushing around trying to catch up on all I've missed in my favorite bloggers' worlds.
One of my blogging friends, Laura at Maude and Mozart, inspired my post tonight. She is a fellow bookaholic, and I love all the vintage images she finds to share with us. Laura's recent post featured delightful pictures from a book published when she was small.
That got me thinking of my own childhood favorites. Did you ever read about a cow named Caroline who made the sweetest cheese from her milk? What about Miss Suzie the squirrel who kept a darling little house at the top of an old oak tree? Did you ever go on adventures with the Lonely Doll and her bear friends? I remember struggling to make out the cursive that all the real Babar books were first printed with. I loved to visit Richard Scary's Busy, Busy World and would dream of driving a green pickle-shaped convertible of my own. And, of course, there were my darling Little Golden Books.
There are so many more great children's books available now than when I was a child. (Go ahead, ask me for a recommendation.) But, I always feel a sentimental longing for the sweet innocence of the books from yesterday. As a teacher and a book lover, I am pretty well-read as regards children's books. I always get a thrill when fellow teachers come to me looking for a great book to read aloud to their class. I have a special fondness for picture story books, and I think that children and teachers abandon them too soon in an effort to "grow up" as readers.
I was a blessed child with parents who not only loved to read, but who also understood the value of children owning their own library of books. (For more on this subject, you must read The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. My parents were way ahead of the research.) Every single week for years of my childhood, my mother took Brett, my brother, and me to the library every Friday to check out all the books the children's department would allow. Every Saturday we got to go to the bookstore to choose our weekly book. For many years, I took home a Little Golden Book every single week. Later, I graduated to a Trixie Belden mystery a week. I would read them in two days and feel so impatient as I waited for Saturday to roll around again.
So tell me, what were your favorite childhood books? And, which Little Golden Book do you love the most? I couldn't pick just one, so my two favorites are featured here.
Happy reading. Sursum corda!
These images are the covers of my two favorite Little Golden Books. The Tawny Scrawny Lion was published more frequently with a slightly different cover, but this one was mine. Not long ago I discovered some very cool journals on Etsy. I can't wait to have one for my own.
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