Weekend Reading



We went to the library yesterday.

I love Library Day.

Notice some of the wonderful blog-recommended reading we chose...  Thanks, book-blogging friends!

(Meanwhile, Mom will keep devouring her old ARC copy of The Night Circus.  Hooray for grown-up reads, too!)

P.S.  Off-subject, but as an Alice fan - especially after yesterday's post - I know I'll be playing voyeur this weekend, seeing what all the fabulous artist types post as part of this year's Mad Tea Party, hosted by the gorgeous blog "A Fanciful Twist."  Eye candy galore!

Wonderland on Film

It is strange to watch a 109-year-old movie on a computer.



Or even a 97-year-old film.




I love Alice.  Her stories are bizarre enough that they lend themselves well to extremely primitive special effects. Or animation.  This is trailer for Paramount's 1933 all-star extravaganza.  When my girls ask to watch Alice in Wonderland, they usually mean this version.  Not always, but usually.  ("The old one, Mommy.")





A year after that movie was made, Betty Boop had her turn.  I have a 4 1/2-year-old who loves Betty Boop.  This is one of her favorites.




The oldest daughter was the same age my youngest is now when we attempted to read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.  Maybe in a year or two... Some Favorite Alice Links:

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Shirley Temple's Storybook

I'm on a Shirley Temple kick.

I just finished reading her autobiography, Child Star.  According to her website, another book is due soon.



One of my favorite movies when I was little was The Little Princess.  Somebody forgot to renew the copyright on that one, so it slipped into public domain.  It was a staple of Nickelodeon and late night movie shows throughout the 1980s.

The library and cable TV have allowed me to see most of Shirley's girlhood classics, and I was able to watch 1940's The Blue Bird via the good ol' internet.  Someone told me recently that they were sick of seeing the commercials for the Shirley Temple Sweetheart Collection  DVDs.  Tee-hee.  I no longer have cable, but that's a commercial I wouldn't mind too much!  I definitely covet the product!
We have been checking some of the Shirley Temple Storybook Collection DVDs out from the library.  These are episodes of Shirley's TV show, which ran from 1959-1961.  The production values are sweetly primitive, but the stories covered are wonderful! 
We've had this book on loan from the library for a while now.  (You can see a hint of it here.)  It was a companion storybook to the television series, published in 1958.  
I love this book!  It features a mix of fairy and folk tales, with different illustrators for every story.  I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures.  
"Beauty and the Beast," illustrated by Paul Bacon.
"The Nightingale," illustrated by Jeanyee Wong.
"The Sleeping Beauty," illustrated by Grace Clarke.
"The Sleeping Beauty," illustrated by Grace Clarke.
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
"Rapunzel," illustrated by Lowell Hess.
"Rapunzel," illustrated by Lowell Hess.
"The Emperor's New Clothes," illustrated by John Alcorn.
"Rumpelstiltskin," illustrated by Louis Glanzman.
Now to find my own copy...


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Children's Play Mate Magazine, July 1941

Here are more scans of my favorite Christmas in July present to myself the girls from the antique mall this weekend.  (And for actual Christmas books, check out my blog pal Melissa's "Christmas in July" post over at Julia's Bookbag!)

This wonderful little magazine is in lovely condition.  It's full of stories, poems, crafts, and other goodies.

front cover
contents
"A Tale of Peter Pig" by Esther Cooper, pages 2 and 3
"The Bald-Headed Pixie" by Esther Cooper, pages 14 & 15

"Summer Sewing," page 23

"Games for Your Party or Playtime," page 24.  "Fourth of July Picnic: A Puzzle," page 25.
Joan and Jack paper dolls, pages 25 & 27
Sun Day Clothes, pages 28 & 29

Coloring Contest, inside back cover

The last scan is my favorite.  "A Cocker Puppy Free to the winner of the First Prize in this easy Coloring Contest!"

"First prize:  Taffy--a beautiful, taffy-colored cocker-spaniel.  A pedigreed puppy shipped free to your home (or his value in money).  A Cocker as lovely as Weary Willie, shown above!"

I wonder who won Taffy.  Or if someone's parents persuaded him or her to take the cash...

In researching this magazine, I found that it only ceased publication in 2008!  A brief history can be found here.



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Christmas In July

Or...

Look at our antique mall haul!


My favorite antique mall had a Christmas in July sale this weekend.  I made the girls go with me.  They wound up having a great time, and I grabbed a few goodies:  a new old tablecloth, a small original painting, a vintage children's magazine, some Little Golden Books, and a Fisher Price music box radio.

Because I'm really a big kid myself.

Little Sis wanted to point out that we already have a Fisher Price radio.  I told her they are completely different, so it doesn't matter.


The "new" one is clearly the older model.  (According to This Old Toy, the Jack & Jill box is from 1968-1970.  The "It's  A Small World" box is from 1977-1978.  Yes, I'm geeky enough to look this up.)

The girls really liked the little painting.  It's signed "Marjorie M. Anderson, 1977."  I found a listing on an art info site for an artist by that name, and emailed her daughter.  (The artist has passed.)  She verified that it was most likely her mother's work.  It's small, and the colors go well with our living room.


The Golden Book of Birds was written by Hazel Lockwood, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky, and  first published in 1943.  This edition is most likely from after 1947.  (It is an E edition, according to the numbering system.)







In the "This Book Belongs To" box, someone has written a name (Margaret something something), and it is clearly dated 4-26-'48.





The other books are later vintage.  Heidi was first published in the 1950s, but this is a 1970s reissue.  The lovely pictures are by Corinne Malvern.


The last two feature illustrations by Richard Scarry.  My Little Golden Book of Manners is by Peggy Parris and "Consultants: The Third Grade of Dalton School, New York."  It was first published in 1962.  This edition is much later, though, from the 1990s at least.  (How can I tell?  A Tiny Toons Adventures book is among the ones listed on the back.)  Cars and Trucks was originally published in 1951.  This edition is probably from the 1980s.


Yay, Richard Scarry!

This, however, is my favorite purchase.  For this, I blew the dust off the old scanner.


I'll have a bit more to share tomorrow!


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