Two Little Golden Books About Birds

It's spring, and birds are chirping.  I thought I'd show off two very different vintage Little Golden Books today, by two favorite Little Golden Book illustrators.  The Golden Book of Birds was written by Hazel Lockwood and illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky.  It was first published in 1943 as number 13 in the LGB series.  (My copy dates from 1948.)  This was from the early, much wordier days of LGBs, and whole pages of this book contain text with no illustrations.  The book consists of short stories about different types of birds, in order to teach bird facts.  Birds: A Child's First Book About Our Most Familiar Birds was written by Jane Werner Watson and illustrated by Eloise Wilkin.  It was first published in 1958.  (My copy dates from 1981.)  This is a more familiar style of LGB:  simple text, beautiful illustrations.  It is straight-ahead nonfiction.

The Golden Book of Birds (A Little Golden Book) by Hazel Lockwood, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky.
Simon & Schuster, 1943.

Birds: A Child's First Book About Our Most Familiar Birds (A Little Golden Book) by Jane Werner Watson,
illustrated by Eloise Wilkin.  Golden Press, Western Publishing Company, 1958.

See, I told you I would get back to posting pictures of books.  I hope you have lovely bird-watching weather where you are.  Here, they keep predicting rain and storms that do not come, but the humidity is hovering over us with oppressive force anyway.  It is not helping my cough, or my sour, stupid why-can't-I-just-stay-in-bed-with-my-head-under-the-covers mood.

That said, Kansas, Oklahoma, north Texas, and a HUGE part of the midwest are under severe storm watches today, with possibility of tornadoes.  I would love some rain, even some thunder and lightning, but NO HAIL.  AND NO TORNADOES.

Vintage Little Golden Book illustrations do tend to help lift the spirits a bit, though, if only temporarily.

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  1. I am a big fan of those little Golden Books. They are full of great drawings and the stories are absolutely wonderful.

    I have never seen those birds books before. I wished LGB would re-release the old editions.

    1. The extremely wordy ones are usually abridged when they're re-released. I have a badly mangled 1940s copy of The Shy Little Kitten. It's quite a bit longer than the one currently in print. And some are abridged for reasons that make no sense. I Can Fly, for example. They finally released the original unabridged version in the Mary Blair Treasury, but the stand-alone LGB in print now is short a few pages. They have been reprinting several of the Eloise Wilkins lately.

  2. Wow these are so cool! Why aren't they still in print? totally echoing Cherie's comment up above, they should re-issue!

    sorry about the yucky weather, we have had a week straight of high 50's temps and grey and rain and bluster. we've backtracked from sort of summery, back thru early spring, right on into decidedly fall type weather. SO WEIRD!

    No storms for you! No storms!

    1. It's fun to find the oldest LGBs from the 1940s, just because they seem so different from what we're used to. They were often longer, wordier, and geared toward older children. I have yet to find one with a jacket, though. Those are definitely worth more!

      We finally have a storm, but it's not looking severe for us. We're supposed to keep an eye on the weather through Friday, though. I'll take the storm. We need the rain! xxxooo


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