There are so many High tech books on the market right now and hundreds of classic book apps… but just lately we haven’t even been getting to the library. We have been enjoying books from the past off our own bookcase. Books that I loved as a child. My parents were very good at choosing books that you simply believed you had stepped into!!! The thing I love about Vintage books, apart from the endless classic illustrations, is the words… words just weren’t “Simpled Down” for small children at all… The stories had lots of words, a lot more words than picture books of today have. Many of these books are stuck in my brain for life, the rhythm and the swing of the words permanently embedded in fond memories!!!
Naturally I grew up on Richard Scarry’s, The Berenstein Bear’s and Dr Seuss but I thought I would show you some books that are lying beside the bed right now.
- Little Richard is a rabbit, and it never occurred to me that he wasn’t a regular kid!!! His parents were so cool, his mum baked cookies with him and his Dad sent him out tracking on a muddy day. His mum tells him to bring a surprise home for lunch and he discovers a new friend. His new friend was a porcupine and then went on a hike in “the wilds” together – I tell you so many backpacks and little hikes inspired around the house because of this book. Just a regular little guy and an author clever enough to make his regular life seem intriguing!!!
- Anything by Marcel Marlier is wonderful, the illustrations are so real that you can hear the leaves underfoot. Sofie goes on lots of adventures: to the seaside, to the woods and so on… and she does all sorts of regular kid things and really you just want to do the same as she did – go and ride a bike, take a nature walk and so on. These books are just lovely through and through. Unputdownable, must read again. The children in the books finitely become firm friends with the reader and you want to know what happened to them long after the ooh has finished telling the story.
- Jennifer’s Walk is the story of a little girl, whose mum sends her on a walk down the garden and over a field as far as the woods. All along the way she meets animal friends… meets and greets down to the river and back again. Home to mum. It is the sweetest story and I quite believed I was that little girl walking through the long grass and past the horses and over the wall… I especially loved the map inside the cover and have spent years of my life tracing the little girl’s route.
- Jeanne Marie is a little girl living in the French Countryside, she has a little sheep called Patapon, and her best friend is Jean-Pierre… this is a series of sweet books just wandering through the year in the life of Jeanne Marie!!! I love the sprinkling of French words in the stories, I love the illustrations – these books spin me right back into my childhood…
- The whole series of Little Tim books by Edward Ardizzone books literally transported me away, I loved these books so totally. I often went to sleep dreaming of heading off to sea and it isn’t surprising that we live in a place where we can literally hop down to the beach – all we need is a lighthouse and a couple of boats and we would be right there.
- I loved the story of Ferdinand, a bull that loved flowers and mistakenly sat on on a bee just as the bull-fight selectors were choosing their next champion and who was absolutely useless in the ring, he just merrily sat and smelt the flowers in all the ladies hats!!! A delightful story and it was my celebrity chef’s favorite book for years.
- My parents were great at finding books from places all over the world, no wonder I love traveling. There are many places that I have wanted to visit as an adult that have been inspired by a childhood book. And Peter Spier is such a wonderfully detailed illustrations. I have always wanted to visit a Dutch market because of the adventure this cow has in it.
- Miss Jaster shares her garden with a teeny tiny hedgehog. On the inside cover there is a lay-out map of the garden which allows the reader to plot and plan where about in the garden the action was taking place. I am beginning to see that it was very often a map or a plotted path through a picture that appealed to me!!!
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That’s us, we would love to know what your favorite childhood books were or what books you have lying beside your bed right now.