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!