|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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