Friday, December 10, 2010

vintage book-o-rama

It came. And it is every bit as wonderful as I remember. All four seasons with poems and stories and songs. I forgot how I loved dramatic Mathilda Mouse and all the little problems she had that were gently solved by her sensible parents. And there's the poem at the end that I remembered (shown above). It has a whole other verse I didn't.

So while I was diligently searching for this book I saw some other books I could not resist. Some are childhood faves, but some I only bought because I love the artwork.

I never had 366 Goodnight Stories, but I fell in love with the cover. It is kinda like the Around The Year Storybook because each story corresponds to the day of the year (including Feb 29, hence 366 stories) and it is broken into sections according to season. The unusual part is the first page is March 21, because it says Spring is the first season, so the book ends with March 20th. The illustrations inside are done by a variety of artists, and a different style each time you turn the page.

I did have The Whispering Rabbit, and was so happy to find this copy on etsy finally. I just love every little story in the book.

There's the cover story illustrated by Lilian Obligado about a rabbit who swallows a bee as he is yawning. It goes to sleep in his throat, so he has to whisper. And he asks all his woodland friends how to get it out. I won't spoil the ending for you. :-)

And then a couple ones with dogs, that's illustrated by one of my favorites, Garth Williams.

And then the Golden Egg Book about a rabbit who keeps trying to open this egg he finds.

I also got this copy of the Cinderella I had as a kid, and this Pinocchio was in impulse buy because it looks like stills from those hokey stop-motion features I just adored. Adore.

I never saw this Pinocchio, but the stills are so cool. I think making a movie like that would be the best job in the whole world.

Do you experience a strange, warm feeling when you open a book you had as a kid and the illustrations you used to stare at so much hit you and you feel the way you did when you were holed up in a cozy nook somewhere as a young tyke looking at picture books?

Well, I do. I used to look and look at these pictures in Cinderella for minutes at a time. I think it is great that you can only see touches of the animated Cinderella film in some of the characters, and that these illustrations are very distinct unto themselves and not carbon copies of the film.

And I bought this one because I loved the three color style and 'tis the season. It came with a crinkly clear library binding, but I think I might take that off.

Did you know on day four it is Colly Birds and not Calling Birds? Yep, I looked it up when I saw this page in the book and thought surely it was a mistake. But a Colly Bird is a blackbird and was in the original text of the song.

21 comments:

  1. Ha! I found the same 366 Goodnight Stories at our local thrift store! Along with a great Richard Scarry Dictionary, and a Gyo Fujikawa ABC book. Just haven't done a blog post yet :).

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  2. I bought that Cinderella book two years ago and I LOVE it! My mom had a copy that she bought when she was 12 or something that I poured over when I was a little girl. I love love it. And I love that you love it too! I'm going to have to look for a few of your other finds. They look fantastic!

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  3. I'm so happy you found the book you were looking for. I love all the other books you found too. Old children's books are the best!

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  4. I do love old books! My kids have that same sentimental feeling, they don't want me to get rid of any of their childhood books. I love saving them, knowing I am saving precious memories. I didn't have a lot of books as a kid, but have more than made up for it as an adult. :) So happy you found the book of your childhood happiness!

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  5. Oh! Thank you for the shots of Cinderella! I had the same edition as a very small girl. Those are the only visions I see when I think of Cinderella ...that ball gown! Such beautiful illustrations.

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  6. I still have my copy of that Cinderella! It now sits on my 5 year old daughters bookshelf! I poked my husband yelling look look look! When I saw the picture you posted. I too use to sit and just ohhh and ahhh over the illustartions. My daughter loves it just as much and has never even pointed out the differences from the film.

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  7. I love, love, LOVE vintage children's books! Thanks for sharing these!

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  8. I love, love, LOVE vintage children's books!!! Thanks for sharing these.

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  9. Love the vintage childrens books. I have bought so many because of the illustrations.

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  10. Love the books. I am a real sucker for vintage books. I can see why you liked some of these illustrations. They are your colors and styles.

    I learned sometime in the last year that it was "colly birds" and not "calling birds."

    Yes, I feel the same way about looking at books from my childhood. I still have my boxed set of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie books. I have pulled them out, because my daughter is now 6 years old and is almost ready to start on those. It will be fun to read my old books with her. I sure wish I still had all my Nancy Drew books still. Makes me sick that I got rid of them.

    I love poking through used book stores for fun, old books. The childrens' books are always a lot of fun.

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  11. I just found your blog and LOVE it! I am looking forward to reading more in the future!

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  12. I just got that very feeling you mentioned when I saw those Cinderella shots!

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  13. Love your selections! I need to go through my books and see if I have any of these...otherwise, I'll be shopping for them too!

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  14. That was the same CInderella book I had too!!!!

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  15. heei i remember that 'pinocchio' cover from my childhood. it was a smaller book 'thou... now i'm regretting the fact that i am not one of those girls who keeps her childhood treasures in a box.

    by the way, i am widia. i have just found your blog, and i'm going to surf it for a while :)

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  16. Welcome, Widia and Very Verdant. Surf all you want.

    I am so happy with these purchases. I haven't shared them with the girls yet. I'm not ready. I want to stare at them for a while longer.

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  17. We had that Cinderella book when I was little and I absolutely loved it!! In fact, it's one of the things that sparked my interest in costuming. I love the gorgeous illustrations. Thanks for the memories!

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  18. So glad you found the book you were looking for. I had a hand at the search engine myself, but turned up nothing fruitful.
    It looks like an awesome book.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Oh my goodness. I remember that Cinderella book! And now I can't get it out of my head. I have to find it! :-) Headed to my grandma's house this evening to see if I can find it. Wow, memories!

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  20. I found it! I went to my grandma's house tonight and found it in the back of a closet. The last place I looked. Enjoying it again. Thanks. So neat!

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  21. that Cinderella book seems to be striking a nostalgic chord with a lot of you! Eva Scott how cool that
    1) you live near your Grandma and can just run over
    2) that she has still has your childhood flotsam in her closets
    3) that she lets you rummage around in her stuff until you find the treasure you are looking for!

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