As promised in my last post on children’s books, here is a list of a few that I own and find particularly wonderful (shot with my new fancy DSLR!:D):
About 3 wooden dolls that an old man crafts to keep him company. The old man dies (which is very well-handled in the story), and the house falls into disrepair.
There is much charming speculation over the dolls thoughts and feelings (i.e. “The dolls didn’t talk, but I think they were happy, lonely, sad, etc.)
Then a family comes to freshen the house up, and the dolls are surrounded with love again.
Haunting illustrations make the contrast between beautiful destruction and beautiful repair especially evocative.
-both stories follow the lives of mystical children who, in a sense, personify the nature and the seasons that they live amongst
Incredibly magical and one of my favorites from childhood; I believed in the existence of these creatures until an embarrassingly old age!:) The illustrations are true works of art!
-Published in the late 50’s, my favorite children’s story of them all! Real black and white photographs of a lonely doll who befriends two Steiff (!) teddy bears. Mischief and getting in trouble ensue. (There is a spanking scene that some people find offensive and even sexually creepy. This was in no way Dare’s intention, and I find it to be only how adults respond to it rather that how the actual children do.)
This books haunts me to this day as does Dare Wright’s fascinating biography entitled “The Real Life of The Lonely Doll.” She was an amazing artist with a very secretive and tender existence. Delightfully vintage, perpetuating the lovely fantasy that our dolls really do come alive!!
You Are My I love You by Maryann Cusimano Love
-about the sweet push and pull of parent and child & how each has a certain role that betters the other. This one is a real tear-jerker!
“I am your parent, you are my child
I am your quiet place, you are my wild.”
“I am your lullaby, you are my peakaboo.
I am your goodnight kiss, you are my I love you”
-highly interactive and pure magic! About a tree’s journey from spring to fall/winter and back to spring again.
-about an adorable little bunny who watches each beautiful season pass by, rendered in VIVID illustrations.
The colors are so wonderfully saturated and vintage! This is a Golden Book that is over 50 years old.
I hope to acquire many, many more children’s books that are sweet, magical, and innocent. I find those three things to be paramount in what constitutes a good children’s book. No bratty kids, no unnecessary, grandiose life lessons, no overall irreverance. Just imaginative and beautiful…sounds like childhood to me…<3
xoxo chloe ella