Holly Hobbie's Nursery Rhymes

Holly Hobbie's Nursery Rhymes by Holly Hobbie.  Grosset & Dunlap, 1977.

April is National Poetry Month!  I plan on featuring numerous poetry books for kids this month, but I thought I'd start with one of the latest additions to our personal library.  The first poetry most children are exposed to are nursery rhymes, and something near and dear to me as a child was the art of Holly Hobbie.  I recently purchased a couple of books from Becca's Once Upon A Bookshelf store on Etsy.  While they were supposedly Easter gifts from Mr. B and me to the girls, I'll admit that this one was as much for me as it was for them.








This lovely book contains more than your typical nursery rhymes.  Although no author credit is given, I did spy some Christina Rosetti, for example.  And of course, the illustrations are to die for.  For anyone wondering why I didn't save this for an Obsessive Nostalgia Monday post, Holly Hobbie just doesn't fit my criteria*.  I've never forgotten about Holly Hobbie.  I wasn't allowed to - I still had the same pink Holly Hobbie wallpaper in my bedroom until we moved from my childhood home when I was 18 years old!  And although I was sick of that wallpaper, I still loved Holly Hobbie.  My dolls were long-gone, my Holly Hobbie bedding was gone, but the memory of the art lingered on.  When Big Sis was a year old, I bought her Halloween costume from One Step Ahead.  She was a little sick that year, poor doll.  Little Sis wore it for Halloween the day before her first birthday.  

Holly Hobbie for Halloween!  Halloween 2006 and 2008.

Sigh.  They're so cuddly and small here!  (By the way, our doll was a gift for Little Sis that year.  My mom gave it to her early, so she could carry it on Halloween.  Big Sis was Raggedy Ann that year, and she already had a doll to carry.)

For more classic Holly Hobbie goodness, be sure to like the official Facebook page and follow Holly Hobbie on Pinterest.  The images are posted by the American Greetings corp., and you may also find some Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake goodies there, too.  You can check out the newfangled made-over Holly Hobbie at her official webpage, too, but she makes me sad.  I like the Blue Girl better.

I have a Holly Hobbie Love pinboard, too, of course.  If you love Holly Hobbie, be sure and check it out.  I've found some awesome stuff.

Back to National Poetry Month.  If you are at all interested in incorporating some poetry for kids into your lives, may I suggest the Poetry Foundation's children's page?  There's also a list at Scholastic that's worth checking out.

Looking forward to the rhymes, rhythms, and words of April!

*Obsessive Nostalgia Disorder Monday:  Where I pay homage to those weird things from the past that I've mostly forgotten about, but their memories have haunted me as an adult.  I tend to obsess about things I can't remember well, but know I loved once upon a time.


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    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! INCREDIBLE! Gorgeous! I want one too! Utterly fantastic! What a find. Oh I love it so much.

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    1. Just keep an eye out! Becca had it very reasonably priced. I have another book that I got off eBay, but I like the art in this one better!

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  2. Awwww! Those illustrations are SO. SWEET. I've never seen a Holly Hobby book, although I have an old doll (probably in the dark recesses of Audrey's toy box) that my mom had gotten sometime in the 70s. I'm gonna go check out that pin board!~

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    1. I figured books existed, but I don't remember having any as a kid. Dolls, yes, and Colorforms and bedroom sets, probably some other toys, too. I have a Mother's Day plate I got an estate sale last year. I still love the Blue Girl and her friends!

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  3. Oooh, I love it! I'm going to check out some of those Pinterest boards. But NOT the page with the newfangled Holly Hobbie. Yuck. :)

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    1. I still remember watching a commercial on Nick Jr (when it was Noggin) for a Holly Hobbie animated special. They'd just shown the ad for the then-new Toot & Puddle show, and I was so excited. Then I saw what they did to her! The jeans! The toussled hair! The Britney-like cap! Noooooooo! I guess she's the "great-great granddaughter" of the Blue Girl. Whatever. She was supposed to be old-fashioned to begin with. Why modernize everything?

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  4. Ah Holly Hobbie brings back a lot of memories! Lovely to meet you, Jo xx

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jo! :o) Nice to meet you, too!

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  5. I second (or is it third?) the yuck for the new Holly Hobbie (and for that matter the "updated" Strawberry Shortcake too). What's next, redoing Little House so it takes place in a modern subdivision?

    But I LOVE the sweetness of the old Holly Hobbie and am delighted that this book has found a happy new home with your family:)

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    1. Hahaha! My husband used to be part of an improv troupe, and I so would have pitched that as a sketch! "You've seen the new blue-jeaned Holly Hobbie. You've seen sexy new Strawberry Shortcake. Now, prepare for Laura Ingalls as you've never seen her before. It's Little House on the Cul de Sac!"

      Thank you so much for the books! And I didn't get around to thanking you for the book I won. It arrived safe and sound. :o)

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  6. These look like fun little books and she looks so cute in her outfit! Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K at brewedtogether.com

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  7. So cool! Though I was never into Holly Hobbie as a child, I can see that I missed out... I don't think Holly Hobbie would go over to well in our house now... so I will live vicariously though all you awesome ladies with daughters that share such wonderful treasures...

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    1. Aww! My husband is in the other boat. He is in girly world, all the time. Although the oldest has a great throwing arm and is very agressive when they play something competitive. And he has me to watch football with. ;o). xxxxxoooo

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  8. Oh man! You really know how to make a girl jealous!!! I WANT ONE!!! Really really really. You always find the coolest stuff!

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    1. To be fair, Once Upon a Bookshelf found it first! I checked out her Etsy the night I first checked out her blog and made two purchases that night! The other was The Three Robbers, so you know Becca has great taste. xxxxxxoooooo

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  9. I didn't know about Holly Hobbie before reading your post! *WHAT A SHAME!* I really wished the Publisher would keep on printing such beautiful books! Love the art, love the theme! Love the cuteness of it all!

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    1. She was very popular in the '70s and early '80s. Except for nostalgic types like me, I didn't hear the name again until her Toot & Puddle books came out in the early '00s. It's confusing, because she's a real person, but the Blue Girl character became known as Holly Hobbie, too. Her recent books are wonderful. Besides the Toot & Puddle books, she wrote the Fanny books, and another about wanting a horse as a child, and a wordless picture book called Gem that she wrote for her granddaughter.

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    2. I googled her name and it seems the new drawing is so different from the 70s version. I much prefer the older version. So much cuter and childish! The new version reminds me of what they did to Strawberry shortcake. The revamp made them look tweenish more than childish :(

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    3. Oh, yes, they ruined the character. I think it's telling that the Holly Hobbie character and Strawberry Shortcake are both owned by the same greeting card company (American Greetings). Care Bears got a reboot, too. Now the bears look more gender-specific. I liked that in the old version, they just looked like cuddly bears. You couldn't tell girls from boys.

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