Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sweet childhood memories. . .










It is amazing to me that after fifty years, I still remember these wonderful books from my childhood. I attribute my love for books and reading to my sweet momma who read to me continually as a small girl. These are the books she read over and over to me. I loved how Gretel was so self-reliant and left bread crumbs or pebbles so she and Hansel could find their way home. How I longed to be like Thumbelina and marry the fairy prince. I wanted to have some white fairy wings like her so that I could flit from beautiful flower to flower. My Teddy Bear was my very favorite book. My mom said I could say it by heart. I don't remember having a teddy bear, but I had a little monkey called Zippy. Oh how I loved him. He and I were constant companions. I remember The Twins because these two girls were so mischievous they loved to play tricks on their friends who could not really tell them apart. Of course, who doesn't remember Frosty? Frosty the Snowman is still one of my favorite Christmas songs. Bartholomew was a busy little beaver who liked to play more than work! (I can identify with him!!) Raggedy Ann and Andy had so many terrific adventures. The last two books are poems, and I can still repeat these today. As a former schoolteacher, a day never went by that I didn't read a story to my school children. I cherished our story time each day as much as they did. From time to time, I am going to feature a children's book or two that I read to my students. You may have children, grandchildren, school students, or other young persons in your life that you read to. I can't think of any better gift for Halloween or Christmas than the gift of a book to a special child in your life. That child might even be you!!
Is there a special book or books from your childhood that you still remember?
Have a happy day, dear friends, and may you have a good book or favorite magazine nearby for some autumn reading!! Thank you so much for coming by for a visit today!!

26 comments:

Mary said...

Vicki, those books are precious! I'm afraid I don't remember being read to as a child, but I did read to myself...I had several of those little Golden story books, and a couple of big story books. I still love to read...I always have a book in the car to take in with me to appointments where I know I'll have to wait. You are right, autumn and winter are the perfect seasons for reading!

God bless,
Mary

Marilyn said...

I too collect childrens books.... I especially loved the "Twins" books that were published by Whitman Publications. These I found & read at the library. Now I have collected them all over the years.
Thanks for jogging such wonderful memories...
Love,
Marilyn

Janet Happy Girl said...

Very nice. Its amazing what we remember isn't it?

Pauline said...

Dear Vicki, thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement...I am feeling lighter today :o)
Books are great, especially for small children. I read to my son constantly and taught him to read before he was in nursey school. He thoroughly enjoyed it :o)
Hugs

Elizabethd said...

My mother read every night to me. My favourites will always be the A A Milne stories and poems.

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Vicki!! I LOVE childrens books!!!!! They are the best :) I still read them and I even order myself books from my childrens book orders, lol! Hansel And Gretel is one of my favorites! I actually based my sweet shoppe kitchen after the gingerbread house in that book only switched it to pink and white :) Wonderful post!
Hugs,
Amy

Terry said...

These books are timeless. I remember reading most of them to my daughter and then to her children.

GWENDOLYN said...

As I recall Hansel and Gretel was a fave of mine. I also loved reading Charlie and the chocolate factory and of course Charlett's web. I go back a ways... the movies hadn't been made yet. Thanks for sharing!
Gwen
p.s.I am having a give away. stop by and join in on the fun.

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Vicki, I so love visisting you, it is like getting to be a little girl again! (which I try to do all of the time!) My little sister still has her very same Hansel and Gretel book as yours, and she too had Zippy! I have all of my childhood books, each time I have moved in my life, I made sure they came along, the boxes are sooo heavy, as my mama always encouraged us to read as well... alot of our books were from the library too, growing up, going to the library was a special treat to my sister and I...they only allowed you to check out several books at a time, as our library was just a teeny one... I still buy myself many childrens books and some are featured on my sidebar... I love the original fairy tales, it makes me sad when they are changed some these days as some say the old fairy tales were too violent... like changing Little Red Riding Hood so the big bad wolf doesn't eat grandma... it's a fairytale! Enjoy it! Thanks for once again sharing precious memories! Bisous... Julie Marie

Cola's Cottage said...

I love how you story tell! I remember my childhood books too. As an artist I enjoyed the pictures just as much. Thank you for sharing!

Hugs ~ Nichole

A Joyful Chaos said...

Alexander Kitten and Lassie were two of my favorite childhood books. I still have them but they are quite tattered by now. I was able to buy a box full of vintage childrens books earlier this year. They are almost too pretty to really enjoy reading them.

Fun post. Thanks for sharing.

koralee said...

Oh my goodness...these bring back memories...thanks for the smile today! Happy Thursday to you! xoxoxo

Ana said...

Hi Vicki,
"A Little Golden Book" books are my favorite. I can certainly appreciate them more now than when I was younger. I'm very sad to admit that I was a lazy reader. Didn't really like to read. I know, I know. How awful huh? But when I did read, some of the ones I remember the most were "Busy Town" books, "Curious George", and when I was a little older Beverly Cleary's "Ramona" books and "Encyclopedia Brown" books...Loved them. I wanted to be a detective when I grew up because of them. However, there is one particular book that I remember. I don't know the title or aurthor. I just remember I loved it. It was about a little girl that had lost her slipper. I remember, clear as day the cute little shoe. It was a ballerina style shoe. I remember wanting a pair like it so much. I think it's why I still love that style of shoe and wear it a lot. Anyway Vicki, you sure have a way of making me walk down through memory lane a lot. I LOVE IT. Thank you. Oh! And by the way...I love to read now. Have a wonderful day.

Hugs and kisses,
♥Ana

Candy said...

I do have fond memories of Hansel & Gretel and Frosty. Seeing those books have a way of taking you back. Wonderful memories.
Love the tea cup with the angel handle, very unusual.
Thought of your yesterday while returning from ukulele band practice in New Braunfels. In San Marcos a police car went by with 'Harker Heights' on the back. My friend said where is that? Well I just happen to know! Thought he was a long way from home.
Thursday Blessings ;-)

Annabel said...

I grew up wanting to be Heidi in the Swiss Alps. I don't read a lot of books but there is one I will never part with and re-read it at least once a year. The book - Watership Down.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Great vintage books...and you know how much I love them! My most favorite, though I have many, is a little book entitled "Jiggers" about a little Jack Russell Terrier who disappears for several days. (He does turn out to be safe in the end but it's kind of a stressful situation for a girl to think about.) Well, I looked for years for a copy and finally found one! What a relief that was! Love that book and will post one of these days soon! Love your post!

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Although I cannot actually remember being read to as a child, books pretty much filled our house. I read to my children though, and my granddaughter and I read together nearly every day. She really does the reading and I just prompt a bit. Fun memories!
Valerie

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Vicki

What a nice post. I love children's books. I always read to my kids. I remember my Mom reading Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Heidi. Loved my little golden books too. Sadly, I no longer have them. I recently started buying vintage children's books. I just got one of the Honey Bunch series, with the little girl in the kitchen baking. Now I read to my grandchildren.
Debbie

Elyse said...

i love childrens' books, too. the cottage and elf on my blog are from snow white and rose red.

sweet post!

xo

Paula said...

Dear sweet Vicki,

I love your collection of childhood books. The illustrations are so charming and sweet. How wonderful your dear mother read to you! Sadly, my mom never read to me, but I have read to my son since he was just a baby. We have enjoyed so many books together!!! He is now 14 and though he reads so many books on his own, I still read aloud to him everyday. We enjoy sharing books together. I am so thankful for the sweet memories we are creating. Thank you for sharing your sweet memories!

I enjoyed your beautiful tea party and loved the verse you shared. That is my prayer for you, too, sweet friend!

God bless you!
Love, Paula

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Vicki, it is so very nice to meet you! Looking through your blog I see that we have much in common. I feel like I have met a new friend. I look forward to visiting you often. Enjoy your day! Twyla

Miss•Elena•Eous said...

I love cute vintage books like these! Your blog is lovely... The colors are a wonderful combination. Thanks for your kind words and visit!

blushing rose said...

I made a point of buying these same books, & others, for my gkid-ling ... the art work is beyond description in these older books. The stories he enjoyed immensely ... reading is the doorway to the world.

Have a lovely snuggly eve. TTFN ~Marydon

A Rose Without A Thorn said...

Beautiful books, I love vintage books and cannot resist children's books......

♥Mimi♥ said...

I just sent over 20 pounds of Golden Books and board books and Richard Scarry books to my grandchildren down state. From what I hear, the kids (4 of them) had the best time looking at all of them. My son, who is 40 had a great time, too☺

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