Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Dr Seuss & Curious George

This latest group of Goodwill book finds are all about Dr. Seuss and Curious George (and some various other books too!), so here we go!
Wow, what a great find! "On Beyond Zebra!" by Dr. Seuss....I'd never heard of this one, anyone else? This particular book is a Grolier Book Club Edition from 1983.
Next is "It's Not Easy Being a Bunny" by Marilyn Sadler, illustrated by Roger Bollen. Cute book!
Next is "A Fish Out of Water" by Helen Palmer, illustrated by P.D. Eastman. Another Beginner Book by Random House. I also bought a copy of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas!" by Dr. Seuss, a nice Kohl's Cares copy.
This is the last of the Dr. Seuss books, but it's a Richard Scarry book! "The Best Mistake Ever! And Other Stories" was such a cute find I couldn't resist (remember, I LOVE Richard Scarry!).
Next we found "The New Adventures of Curious George" by Margret and H.A. Rey.  You can never have too many Curious George books when there's a boy in the house! This book isn't vintage, it has an original price tag from T.J. Maxx, but it's a nice find at Goodwill~!
Two more Kohl's Cares books are "Merry Christmas, Curious George" and "Curious George and the Firefighters" both by Margret and H.A. Rey. Well, it's fun to have hardcover Curious George books around, so these were nice to find.
The second book referenced above!
(Sorry for the blurry picture here.) I found a great board book of "Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel" by Virginia Lee Burton.
"Ten Little Ladybugs" by Melanie Gerth, illustrated by Laura Huliska-Belth. I posted about this one in a previous post, so was nice to find it!
I also found a DK board book about dump trucks on the construction site, a must for a boy who loves trucks!

So that's what I've found at the thrift store recently. Have you found any great books?

Enjoy your day and your latest book!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

New Books!

Can you believe that June is done?!! Where has the time gone?! Of course, we are feeling the scorching summer heat in full blast here in summer in the Phoenix area.  Even with temps in the 110's, we are still out trying to find great book bargains, and we've found some these past two weeks to share with you!
First I found a nice copy of Walt Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" adapted by Teddy Slater, illustrated by Franc Mateu. This is a great Little Golden Book from 1996.
Next is Disney's Aladdin "The Magic Carpet Ride" adapted by Teddy Slater Margulies, illustrated by Kenny Thompkins, and painted by Gary Eggleston. This Little Golden Book is from 1993.
The next Little Golden Book I found was Walt Disney's "Bambi" based on the original story by Felix Salten, illustrated by Ron Dias. Another 1996 book in great shape.
I don't normally go for the Hunchback books, but I found a great copy of  Disney's The Hunchback of NotreDame "Quasimodo's New Friend" from 1996. It's another Little Golden Book by Justine Korman, illustrated by Serge Michaels and Edward Gutierrez.
I love finding great copies of the classics, and this Little Golden Book of Walt Disney's "Pinocchio" is no exception. This book is almost brand new (I only show a copyright date of 1953 but the website is listed on the book!) and has hardly been opened. This version is adapted by Steffi Fletcher and illustrated by Al Dempster.
This is not one of my favorite books, but maybe the baby will like it. This is a Little Golden Book of Pooh called "Eeyore, Be Happy!" It's written by Don Ferguson and is from 1991.
Next I found a Little Golden Book of Disney's "Pocahontas." This version is adapted by Justine Korman and illustrated by Don Williams, and is from 1995.
Next I found an excellent copy of Walt Disney's "Peter Pan"Little Golden Book. This copy is from 1989, and is adapted by Eugene Bradley Coco and illustrated by Ron Dias.
Can you tell how vintage this one is by the bar code printed on the front? lol, anyway it's a Little Golden Book of "Walt Disney Productions' Mickey's Christmas Carol." Printed in 1983, this book does not list an author (or adapter) or illustrator. Still a nice way to introduce Dickens to the little ones.

Fast forward to the next trip and I found some really great books:
I found "Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog?" by Theo. LeSieg. What a great Dr. Seuss find!
Another great Dr. Seuss find is "In A People House" by Theo. LeSieg. Both books are illustrated by Roy McKie.
Next I found "Frogs in Clogs" by Sheila White Samton.
Here's a cute copy of "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?" by Eleanor Hudson, illustrated by Joe Mathieu.
I also found "Wings on Things" by Marc Brown.
A cool find on this day was "The World of Dick and Jane and Friends." This is a relatively new book with several Dick and Jane stories included.

Fast forward again! (I know, it's been too long since I've posted!) Next visit I found a few cool books:
"The Going to Bed Book" by Sandra Boynton. A nice board book I've been looking for for quite a while!
"One Little Duck," a baby Blue's Clues book. A super simple board book, but my son loves Blue's Clues so I bought it!
This little board book has fast become a favorite of ours. It's "I Spy Little Letters" with rhymes by Jean Marzollo, photographs by Walter Wick. Such a great little book!
Since I started purchasing Hunchback books, now I had to purchase another. It's Disney's The Hunchback of NotreDame "Quasimodo the Hero." This story is by Barbara Bazaldua, and illustrated by Don Williams, and is from 1997.
I found a great copy of "Stuart Little" by E.B.White. It's a Special Read-Aloud Edition and has large print and pictures inside and was printed in 1999.
I figured I'd start my Look and Find collection with this beauty, "Thomas & Friends." Little one isn't quite ready for this one, but it's ready when he is!
These next two titles are very exciting for me! I found two copies in perfect shape of large Richard Scarry books! The first is "Cars and Trucks and Things That Go." This book is actually a Golden book, and was printed in 2004.
The second is "What Do People Do All Day?" I can't tell when this was printed, I'm sure it's newer than the latest copyright date inside (1979). There's text on the inside covers even. I was so excited to get each title for $1.49. Nice!
Last but not least on this shopping trip, "Elmo & Friends - First Look and Find." Very cool! We LOVE these books (my son does too!) so it's cool, even if it did cost $3 (not bad compared to the $8 it costs if new).

I'll stop there for now, there are more finds but will have to start a new post.

Enjoy your day and your latest book!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

More Little Golden Books

Again, I found some great Little Golden Books at Goodwill today. Here's a summary of such:
First, "Bible Heroes of the Old Testament" by Christin Ditchfield, illustrated by Ande Cook. This is a super simple book about several Old Testament characters. Remember, super simple! This book is from 2004.
"The Curious Little Kitten Around the House" by Linda Hayward, illustrated by Maggie Swanson, copyright 1986. I don't know about you, but that kitten on the front cover looks a little creepy...
"The Day Snuffy Had the Sniffles" by Linda Lee Maifair, illustrated by Tom Brannon, and it's from 1988.
"I'm a Truck" by Dennis Shealy, illustrated by Bob Staake, copyright 2006. When you have a little boy at home who loves trucks, you have to buy this book. Plus, it's in perfect shape!
"Lasso the Moon" by Trish Holland, illustrated by Valeria Petrone, copyright 2005. This is a fun book to read with your little Texas accent!
"Old MacDonald Had a Farm" illustrated by Carl and Mary Hauge, copyright 1975. This is just the song with pictures. The back page is the sheet music in case you aren't sure about the melody!
"Polly's Pet" by Lucille Hammond, illustrated by Amye Rosenberg, copyright 1984. This is an interesting little story about a pet cat who gets fed up when his owners make him do things he doesn't want to do, so he runs away. It's a mild lesson about being content with what you have and where you are.
Last but certainly not least is "The Saggy Baggy Elephant" by K. & B. Jackson, illustrated by Tenggren, copyright 1974. The illustrator's name sounded familiar so I looked him up. He was a Swedish illustrator who originally worked from the Milton Bradley game company, and then went to work for Walt Disney, where he was the chief illustrator for the animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. 
Then from 1942 until 1962, he worked for Little Golden Books on titles such as "Tawny Scrawny Lion," "Little Black Sambo," and "The Poky Little Puppy," which became the single all-time best-selling hardcover children's book in English. Many of his early illustrations were destroyed before his death in 1970, so finding a book by him is a treat. 

Thanks for reading today! Enjoy your day and your latest book!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Goodwill Finds

Wow it's been a while since I've posted here. But I've been so busy and my Goodwill shops have been more about dollar days lately.  But, I got myself up and around this morning to grab a couple of Little Golden Books my sister said she saw at Goodwill. And I found a few good things, check it out!
First, I found "Old Mother Goose and Other Nursery Rhymes" illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen. This little gem includes such rhymes as One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, Hickory Dickory Dock, The Muffin Man, and London Bridge.
 "Doctor Dan The Bandage Man" is by Helen Gaspard with pictures by Corinne Malvern. This little book has a copyright date of 1977, but it looks newer. It's in excellent condition (although the 2 real plastic bandages advertised on the front are no longer included in this book).
Next find is "Cars and Trucks" with pictures by Richard Scarry. This is a cute vintage book from 1976 with lots of pictures and not too many words.
The next book I found was "My First Book of the Planets" by Elizabeth Winthrop and illustrated by John Nez. It's an old book (copyright 1985) that still claims Pluto is a planet, but still a worthwhile book to keep around!
(Sorry for the blurry-ness of this picture!) "Noah's Ark" by Barbara Shook Hazen and Diane Muldrow, illustrated by Mircea Catusanu. The book is from 2003 and is in great condition.
Next is "The Story of Jesus" by Jane Werner Watson, illustrated by Jerry Smath (revised edition) copyright 2002. It's a sweet little book in good condition and well worth having.
My last find on this trip was "Sesame Street - From Trash to Treasure" by Liza Alexander and illustrated by Joe Ewers. The book is copyright 1993, so I thought it would be too old for Elmo to be in it. I was wrong, Elmo is in the book, which made me curious when Elmo started on the show. Wiki Answers says this:

During the early 1970's to 1984, the Sesame Street cast just used an extra red puppet without really any personality. It wasn't until 1984 when Kevin Clash made Elmo and gave Elmo energy and personality.
Of course, if you've seen the movie Being Elmo, you'll know that Kevin Clash brought the puppet to life after a few failed attempts by other puppeteers to bring him to life. So Elmo was born in 1984 (even though I am pretty sure that just this year he celebrated his 3rd birthday on the show! hehe)

I'm quite happy with my finds today. It isn't every day that one finds this many Little Golden Books in one place in such good condition, so this is a success!

Enjoy your day and your latest book!