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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