The Magic Clothes Basket (A Whitman Tell-A-Tale)

The Magic Clothes Basket by Sharon Thomas,
illustrated by Bonnie and Bill Rutherford.
 A Whitman Tell-A-Tale Book, Western Publishing, 1969.

Mr. B and I decided to attack some laundry today.  We have a very, very tiny laundry room, and we have a tendency to stack our three baskets full of laundry on top of each other, on top of the dryer, until they are about to topple.  They are modern, plastic baskets, nicer than the very cheap plastic baskets my parents used, but still plastic.  They are nowhere near as attractive as Paul's mother's basket.  Paul is the little boy in today's book, illustrated by the fabulous team of Bonnie and Bill Rutherford.  Paul has some pretty fabulous toys, but none so fabulous as his mother's beautiful wicker clothes basket.
















After looking through this little book, I told Mr. B, "I still remember playing in my parents' laundry baskets.  I can't believe I can remember being that small!"  "Oh, yeah!" he said.  "I can remember that, too."

My girls have outgrown or are outgrowing a comfortable fit in our laundry baskets.  Sigh.  As long as they're going to keep growing, maybe I can get them to still enjoy actual laundry stuff...




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  1. Such a cute book! Lovely book! We did some laundry too today- our basket is tall and narrow and almost always quite full, so nobody has thought of sitting inside -yet- but Stavroula actually enjoys getting the washing machine to work, she loves pushing all the buttons :)

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    1. I convinced the girls to help put away a few things after they came home from school. Our laundry room is so small, only one person can fit comfortably at a time. :)

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  2. I played in the laundry basket, too. Must be some kind of childhood universal. I wish I had a lovely wicker basket, but the plastic one I bought when I moved into my dorm room is still going strong!

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    1. I have a couple of sturdy but flexible baskets I love. If one can love a laundry basket, that is...
      ;)

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  3. How awesome. My daughter is just like this. She's always dumping her toys so she can do magical things with her toy baskets.

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    1. Yes! Boxes and baskets are the best. I remember, we had one of those huge Pampers boxes from Sam's Club in the house, when Big Sis was 4 and Little Sis was 2. My husband went to take it out, and Big Sis yelled, "Stop! I haven't finished imagining all the things it can be yet!"

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    1. I love these old "cheapies." There are some treasures to be found. :)

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