The Little Book


I suppose I might have saved this post for a Monday, but it's not exactly obsessive.  I love Eloise Wilkin.  She is one of my favorite Little Golden Book illustrators.  When I was two years old, my parents bought me Baby Dear and the 1970s version of The New Baby to prepare me for becoming a big sister, and those remained favorites of mine for years.  We bought the Eloise Wilkin Stories Little Golden Book Treasury when Big Sis was a baby.  And as I found vintage Wilkin titles, I would buy them.

And so I wound up with this one, just tossed into the pile at the used bookstore one day.  It wasn't until I started reading it to the girls that I realized I knew this book.  It was in the very small pile of books and toys at my grandparents' house in Oklahoma when I was little.  I would spend one week each summer there, with my sister joining me when she became old enough.  And I loved this book.

I still love it.  It makes me think of lazy summer days, when summers didn't seem as hot as they do now.  I love the late-'60s clothes on the little girls.  Books like this make me want to buy the girls vintage clothes and make cool things out of vintage sheets.  (Ooooo, like the stuff on Modern Kiddo right now...)

The Little Book by Sherl Horvath, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin.  Golden Press, 1969. 

Little Sis wants me to point out the front cover of the book, as the little girl is reading the exact same book herself, right down to the back cover.










The My Little Bookcase Book a Day prompt for today is onomatopoeia.  My pick was another Wilkin-illustrated title, Baby Listens.  Just follow along on Instagram or Facebook to see!

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  1. Just lovely! I love all her books, though I have never seen this one. I also love little sis's picture! She is so cute!

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    1. Thanks! We were already taking pictures for another post when we took a book break. ;) It's such a sweet book.

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  2. Brings a tear to my eye...reading these books to my little angels...

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  3. that book is absolutely precious in every way! Oh it is so sweet and wonderful... there is just nothing like a lgb.

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    1. Some of my favorite books are LGBs. This is up near the top of those!

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  4. SO cute!! i love the part "a little meal is called a snack". gah, seeing stuff like this makes me wish i could sew and wear long frocks and bonnets.....

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    1. That's my favorite illustration! I took pics of every page, then eliminated the worst photographs. If that one had not turned out, I would have retaken it. :)

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  5. This was in the nightly rotation at our house for MONTHS when my daughter was about 2 years old, along with So Big, another Wilkin treasure. Every time we got to the page in The Little Book with the fish bowl we had to point to each one and say guppy. Cracked her up into fits of laughter for reasons known only to people her age. Fun memories:)

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    1. Awww, that's sweet!!! I love kiddo humor. They're so funny when they find something funny and you have no idea why. ;o)

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    1. Isn't it sweet? As much as I love the old-fashionedness of Wilkin's early books, I think I love her later books even more. They look more "real."

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  7. What a sweet little book! Love the illustrations. You're right...now I want to dress my daughter as a little 60s kid :)

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    1. I love the orange and plaid ensemble, and the white dress in the "little chat" picture! So adorable. :o)

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  8. What an amazing book! Thank you for sharing the pages! I really want to have one now to read to my baby daughter!!!

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    1. It was reprinted into the '80s, so there still seems to be quite a few out there! I hope you find one.

      I'm still a little shocked at the condition of this copy, an apparent first edition. There is a name written in the front, and one or two pen marks, and some tiny condition issues with the spine and back cover, but it's in relatively great shape otherwise. I have a second copy that came in a lot of LGBs off eBay, and it was a mess. We actually used it for an art project, after I convinced my book-treasuring oldest daughter that it was okay to tear it apart. (It was missing its front cover, had lots of ripped pages. She was still very distraught. I've taught her well!)

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