Wonders of Nature (A Big Golden Book)

Wonders of Nature: A Child's First Book About Our Natural World by Jane Werner Watson,
illustrated by Eloise Wilkin.  Golden Press, 1958. 

Today I thought I'd feature a classic picture book about nature.  Nature is something I'm enjoying very little of at the moment.  For one thing, I have strep again.  For another, it is only May 7, and we have already broken record high temperatures for May.  It has been over 100 degrees a couple of times.  This isn't right. Last year, we had such a lovely, mild summer.  One more thing.  There are little piles of pollen lining the streets like tumbleweeds.  Allergies do not help strep.  So I look out my window, watch the robins and waving trees, then go back to reading or watching TV.

I adore Eloise Wilkin.  [See my Pinboard, too.]  Her illustrations were my early childhood, I think, although I didn't have this one growing up.  My first copy was as a part of the Eloise Wilkin Stories treasury of Little Golden Books, put out by Random House the year and month Big Sis was born, September 2005.  It is also available as a stand-alone Little Golden Book, reprinted in 2010.

This copy is A Big Golden Book, one of those gloriously oversized picture books that Golden often released during that time.  It was a gift to my daughters from a dear friend.















As I stated above, the book is available new as a regular Little Golden Book and as a part of the treasury, Eloise Wilkin Stories.  The Random House website fails to list the books included in the treasury. It contains Busy Timmy, Guess Who Lives Here, My Little Golden Book About God, Wonders of Nature, three selections from A Child's Garden of Verses, We Help Mommy, Baby Listens, Baby Dear, Baby Looks, "Little Boy Blue" from Baby's Mother Goose, "At Sunset" from Eloise Wilkin's Book of Poems, and an introduction by her daughter, Deborah Wilkin Springett, and "A Remembrance of Eloise Wilkin" by prolific Little Golden Book author and editor, Jane Werner Watson (author of this book).

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Comments

  1. I have this book (part of the Eloise Wilkin Treasury). Oh I love love love the Big Golden Books. My daughter is a big fan of them too and I prefer them for now because at least she won't be able to rip the pages off >.<

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    1. They are pretty sturdy! No dust jackets to contend with, either. :)

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    1. I love Eloise Wilkin and her chubby-cheeked children. They're always so beautiful.

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  3. Beautiful! I have the small version of this. She was clearly someone who just loved chubby hands and feet. What other books of hers do you recommend?

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    1. Oh, goodness, there are so many! The Eloise Wilkin Treasury contains some of my favorites. It's a very nice edition - perhaps too nice for little hands, but I always kept it out of reach unless we were reading it. It contains Baby Dear, which is a book my parents gave me when my little sister was about to be born. They also gave me a Softina doll to be my "Baby Dear." (Baby Dear was the little girl's doll.) Another book I love, which I blogged about last year, is one called "The Little Book." It isn't in the treasury, but I loved it as a child. Sadly, neither of these books are available new on their own. Other than the books contained in the treasury, most of her books are out of print. She did books for other companies, too, but her best-known work was for Little Golden Books. Oh! There was a beautiful large-format board book of Eloise Wilkin's Poems to Read for the Very Young that only recently went out of print. We love that one, too.

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    2. Thank you! Now that I've read your next post I want the Kindergarten one, but you are right, most are out of print. So sad. But anyway, am off to abebooks to see whats available second hand.

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    3. The good news is that most of them seem to be inexpensive. There are a few exceptions. We actually had a copy of Little Mommy, one of the more collectible LGBs, at my dad's house, but it's never made its way to our home. (My sister may have it now.) Baby Dear seems easy to get a hold of, though, and the Baby Listens/Looks/etc books.

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    4. Haha! And I forgot, Little Mommy isn't Eloise Wilkin. I keep making that mistake. Sheesh.

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  4. Gorgeous book! Love the art. Nature and cute babies- adorable!!

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    1. I know! I love how the kids are interacting with nature the way a child would. I love her cute, old-fashioned books, but I like her later books, with the children looking a bit more contemporary, best of all.

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  5. there is nothing like these precious golden treasures!!! NOTHING!!! I adore Eloise. That illustration looking through the aquarium at the children looking at the fish. wow! LOVE

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  6. Ok this book is flat out AMAZING! it's prolly best I never visit you, b/c I would be busily trying to steal your books from you the whole time, ha ha ha! I saw the national weather report the other day and they were saying how the midwest is experiencing temps 10-20 degrees warmer than usual -- that it's like summer-in-spring. that sounds not fun!

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    1. It's only supposed to be 80 today, but it's so muggy. It rained a little last night, although all the bad stuff missed us. It's sunny now, but stuff might be moving in. At least when it was 100 the other day, it was windy and very dry.

      And yes, this book is beautiful! It's worth finding a vintage copy of the Big Golden Book. The illustrations are so beautiful in the larger format. :)

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