A couple of years I go I decided that I was going to start a collection of children’s picture books. I also decided that I was going to be really really picky about what goes into this collection. Mostly vintage, mostly the ones I remember from my childhood. I started with the intent of buying one book a month, but sometimes that doesn’t happen because I forget, or because I find three I really really want and can’t resist and buy them all at once.
I thought maybe I’d share them with you once in awhile. Those really really good ones-which happen to be the old ones-are hidden in the dark recesses of old libraries, or attics or the old toy cupboard, lost forever, discarded for the shiny new (and often much less stellar in my opinion) picture books. I usually find these old copies on Amazon, and buy them from a bookstore that sells them used. I love the “Used” books. They are sometimes old library versions, worn, with buttery pages or a little scribble here and crayon mark there. That doesn’t bother me at all.
Here’s one of my favorite purchases I just made recently. This is a copy of the book of classic tales that my mom used to read us often, by Watty Piper.
..”they will no way instill fear or vicious thoughts in young minds”…
That means that during the tale of the three little pigs, the pigs don’t actually get eaten by the big bad wolf but just chased away.
Here’s a few of the stories:
My personal favorite story-The Little Red Hen.
Aren’t the illustrations beautiful?