|Wonders of Nature: A Child's First Book About Our Natural World by Jane Werner Watson,|
illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. Golden Press, 1958.
Today I thought I'd feature a classic picture book about nature. Nature is something I'm enjoying very little of at the moment. For one thing, I have strep again. For another, it is only May 7, and we have already broken record high temperatures for May. It has been over 100 degrees a couple of times. This isn't right. Last year, we had such a lovely, mild summer. One more thing. There are little piles of pollen lining the streets like tumbleweeds. Allergies do not help strep. So I look out my window, watch the robins and waving trees, then go back to reading or watching TV.
I adore Eloise Wilkin. [See my Pinboard, too.] Her illustrations were my early childhood, I think, although I didn't have this one growing up. My first copy was as a part of the Eloise Wilkin Stories treasury of Little Golden Books, put out by Random House the year and month Big Sis was born, September 2005. It is also available as a stand-alone Little Golden Book, reprinted in 2010.
This copy is A Big Golden Book, one of those gloriously oversized picture books that Golden often released during that time. It was a gift to my daughters from a dear friend.
As I stated above, the book is available new as a regular Little Golden Book and as a part of the treasury, Eloise Wilkin Stories. The Random House website fails to list the books included in the treasury. It contains Busy Timmy, Guess Who Lives Here, My Little Golden Book About God, Wonders of Nature, three selections from A Child's Garden of Verses, We Help Mommy, Baby Listens, Baby Dear, Baby Looks, "Little Boy Blue" from Baby's Mother Goose, "At Sunset" from Eloise Wilkin's Book of Poems, and an introduction by her daughter, Deborah Wilkin Springett, and "A Remembrance of Eloise Wilkin" by prolific Little Golden Book author and editor, Jane Werner Watson (author of this book).
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