Seven Sweet Stories for Children

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):

IMG_1389The Hidden House by Martin Waddell

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.                


IMG_1410The Story of the Root Children and The Story of the Snow Children both by Sibylle von Olfers

-both stories follow the lives of mystical children who, in a sense, personify the nature and the seasons that they live amongst
IMG_1411Incredibly 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!

IMG_1421The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright

-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.)

IMG_1423This 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!

My favorite:

“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”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          IMG_1416Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson                          

-highly interactive and pure magic! About a tree’s journey from spring to fall/winter and back to spring again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I think children are both intrigued by and take comfort in the changing of the seasons and the cyclical return to what once was.

IMG_1400I am a Bunny by Ole Rison

-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.

IMG_1405 One site sweetly called it a “gentle story of the seasons.” Very tender!


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                                                                                           


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