My Brimful Book: Favorite Poems of Childhood

My Brimful Book: An All-New Collection of All-Time Favorites, illustrated by Tasha Tudor, Margot Austin and Wesley Dennis.  The Platt & Munk Co., 1960.

Remember how I bought this book at the Kansas Barn Sale last month?

Ooooo, endpapers!  LOVE, love, love pretty endpapers.

Well, I thought I'd take a few days, here and there, to show you what the innards of this lovely, oversized picture book actually look like!

As you can see from the Table of Contents, the book is really three books in one.  In order to show you all the pretty pictures, I thought I'd split this post into three!  So let us begin with the first section.

Yes, Tasha Tudor.  She would be the main reason I bought the book.

There isn't much left for me to say, is there?  Platt & Munk released First Poems of Childhood a few year later.  Leanne scanned some of it on her blog, Vintage Books for the Very Young.  Same illustrations, adjusted for a differently sized book.

I'll have part two next week!

[Edit: Part Two is here, Part Three is here.]

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  1. Oooooooh!! I LOVE this! What an amazing find! I love the Tasha illstrations (surprise, surprise!) the one of the mama with the baby and little girl.....awwww! So pretty. thanks for sharing!

    1. Sorry the photos aren't better. I was having trouble finding the correct lighting for this one. Ugh. But I'm glad you can see enough of it! :)

  2. I am....FAINTING. Oh wow, I did not remember you getting this, and I have never seen this book and OH - those illustrations are just the MOST. What a treasure. Oh I am filled with pure envy!!! But really I'm mostly just happy for you. ('cept if I lived near you, i might be trying to steal it from you!)

  3. Just lovely!!! :D We are actually learning about Christina Rossetti in our little home school right now and Who Has Seen the Wind? is our next one for memory work! :) We really enjoy her Sing Song poetry book for children. My favorite poetry books right now are The Year Around: Poems for Children by Alice I. Hazeltine and Elva S. Smith and Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Farris, I believe. :)

    1. There were some children's poetry books I loved when the girls were very small. I loved the Animal Crackers board books with art by Jane Dyer, and the Eloise Wilkin poetry collection. We still watch our Classical Baby: The Poetry Show DVD sometimes. Poetry is my husband's favorite, not so much mine. Of course, now the girls are older. Big Sis loves to curl up on her bunk bed with Shel Silverstein after school.

  4. What a lovely book!! I just LOVE Tasha Tudor!


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