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!