Watching Kids' Books on Netflix

Fellow Netflix users:  Have you seen the great selection of shows based on children's books to hit the streaming service recently?  I've been meaning to mention it.  Of course, there are the well-known PBS shows, like ArthurKipper, Angelina Ballerina, and Curious George, which have been available for a long time.  We still have several Eloise animated movies to choose from, and The Busy World of Richard Scarry and Busytown Mysteries.  But I'm so happy to see Dragon, the Canadian series based on the Dav Pilkey Dragon books.  Big Sis was excited to see The Magic School Bus hit Netflix, too.  And they must have struck a deal with Scholastic, because now we have a few Scholastic Storybook Treasures collections - "Amazing America," "Amusing Animals," "Good to Know," and "One-of-a-Kind Critters".  We also have animated works based on Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Rosemary Wells (Emily's First 100 Days of School), and Syd Hoff (Danny and the Dinosaur).  The 1980s Saturday morning TV movie versions of The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Ralph S. Mouse, and Runaway Ralph, based on the Beverly Cleary books, have all been recently viewed in our house. For older kids, the 1990s series versions of The Baby-Sitters Club and Dear America have been added.  There is a series based on the I Spy books.  The recent Netflix deal with Disney has meant the addition of The Wind in the Willows half of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.  There are several titles for Babar and several for Miffy.  And for older kids, the animated series based on Brian Jacques's Redwall and a more recent computer-animated The Little Prince (French, dubbed into English).

Of course, nothing beats reading the actual books on which movies and television shows are based.  But if you do want to sit back and watch something, even a little something, these might be some worthwhile options.

Merry Weekend!  Happy Reading!

The Tenggren Tell-It-Again Book

The Tenggren Tell-It-Again Book, illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren,
with text edited and adapted by Katharine Gibson.
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1942.
(1960 reprint)

Look at this beauty!  This stunner came from the "In Storage" section of our downtown public library.  It wasn't even on the shelf!  I placed a hold on it, and it arrived at my usual branch today.  Giddy doesn't even begin to describe how I feel.

Gustaf Tenggren is best-known today for two things:  being an illustrator with Disney during the '30s and '40s, and illustrating many classic Little Golden Books, including the best-selling hardcover children's book in English, The Poky Little Puppy.  (You can explore the art and life of Tenggren at this wonderful website.)  I had seen used copies of this book on various used book sites before, but copies usually start over the $20 mark.  (I'm such a bargain shopper.)  I'll happily settle for checking out a copy from my public library, until I can luck into a better deal.

"The Three Bears"



"Hansel & Gretel"

"The Ugly Duckling"

"The Princess and the Pea"

"The Pied Piper of Hamelin"

"Seven at a Stroke"


"The Six Swans"

"The Princess Who Could Not Laugh (The Golden Goose)"

"Mother Hulda"

"Snow White and Rose Red"

"Sleeping Beauty" 

The Little Golden ABC

Another Little Golden Book for you today, another purchase from the antique mall.  This one is in lovely condition.  Just a letter A drawn in pencil on the front cover, and a pencil line on the title page.  The pages are very thin and yellow, though, so I opted to photograph this one, rather than scan it.  I don't know much about Cornelius DeWitt, the illustrator, other than the fact he illustrated quite a few books for Golden Press during this time period.  I think the pictures in this simple alphabet book are quite charming.  So without further ado, here is The Little Golden ABC, published by Golden Press, 1953.

Summer Randomness

Magic Tree House, popsicles, and ice water.  This is the life.

Just a few random scenes from our Kansas summer.
Books.  Music.  Dancing.  Bug funerals.  
Food.  Dirt.  Dragonfly lights.

(Mom and Dad only.)


Ozma Of Oz

It took us months to read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  It took much less time to finish The Marvelous Land of Oz, and finish it we did.  And so now we are on to Ozma of Oz.  Ozma is now a main character, and Dorothy Gale has returned to the fairy countries.  The two girls meet.  And now the series really kicks into gear.

I'm having so much fun revisiting the books.  Big Sis was too little the first time we read them together. She just needed words to lull her to sleep.  Any memories she has are from the last few books.  Now, she and her sister are older and can appreciate the series.

This is the first book in which John R. Neill illustrated Dorothy.  Gone are Dorothy's long brown braids, as depicted by W.W. Denslow in the first book.  Dorothy is blonde from here on out, folks!  Her dress is less country, more Mary Pickford.  (Baum refers to her gingham dress in the text, but Neill chose to ignore it.)

I love Neill's illustrations.  Denslow's were very distinctive, and they are what most people think of when they think of Oz in book form.  Neill's are so beautiful, though, and it is he who became The Royal Illustrator of Oz.  

Our edition is the facsimile edition from Books of Wonder again.  Not as beautiful as an original cloth edition, but the best edition you can buy new today.

Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by John R. Neill.
Originally published by Reilly & Britton, 1907.
Books Of Wonder edition published by HarperCollins, 1989.

Oh, the endpapers!!!

I'm collecting the facsimile editions a few at a time.  I'm halfway there!  (Perhaps someday I'll have some antique editions to add to my Oz collection.)  The first time I read the series, I found all but one copy of the Books Of Wonder editions through my local library, but Oz is very special to us. I want my own set to pass down.  I love that we are reading these together, and I hope the girls want to revisit them by themselves when they are older.

We are several chapters into the book.  Dorothy has been washed away at sea in a chicken coop.  In the morning, she realizes she is not alone, for a yellow hen is in the coop with her.  And the hen can talk!  She and Billina wash up on shore in another fairy country, The Land of Ev, where they encounter the blustery Wheelers, find a mechanical man (Tik-Tok), and are locked away in a tower by Princess Landwidere, she of the many heads.  (A-hem.)  But soon, some familiar faces arrive, traveling upon a magical red carpet over the Deadly Desert.  (And the Cowardly Lion is back!  He was missing from the second book, as well.)

We meet The Hungry Tiger, who is hungry because all he wants to eat in the world are fat babies, and it's wrong to eat little human babies.  (Thus, the hunger.)  Later, we'll meet the Nome King, a frequent foe to the denizens of Oz.

Reading Oz:  One of my favorite things.

By the way, I will be on vacation the first week of August.  I'm trying to schedule some stuff to run during that week, but I thought I'd put out a call for any guest posts, as well!  Of course I love to spotlight books and reading, but I'm open to posts about crafts, movies, food, toys, vintage, and photography, as well.  Just message me with an idea if you're interested!  silvershoesandrabbitholes [at] gmail [dot] com.

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