A Treasury of Wintertime Tales

A Treasury of Wintertime Tales: 13 Tales from Snow Days to Holidays,
edited by Noel Daniel, designed by Andy Disl. Taschen, 2014.

And on the eleventh day of Christmas, she returned to Blogland!

Hello, dear readers! Once again, I apologize for my long absence. [I sound like a broken record!] If you follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you figured out that we left town for a while. In fact, Mr. B, the girls, and I flew to Washington, D.C. to spend a week with my brothers-in-law. It was a fabulous time, and I plan to share more this week (really!), but first, I must show you this gorgeous book. I picked it out at Politics & Prose, but it was a gift from the uncles to my daughters, Christmas morning.

It is a glorious collection of winter-themed children's books, many of which are long out-of-print. One story seems to have never been published in English until now! There are well-known  authors and illustrators, such as Joan Walsh Anglund, Louis and Florence Slobodin, Leo Politi, and Ingri and Edgar d'Aulaire, and a Caldecott Medalist (Nine Days to Christmas). There are many gorgeous European tales, too. Some of the books celebrate winter, in general, while others deal with Christmas, St. Lucia Day, and the Chinese New Year, among other things.

I researched the books in the collection via the internet. Only The Cowboy's Christmas, Marilyn and the Snow Children, and Children of the Northlights are currently in print, although some, such as Nine Days to Christmas or Jessie Willcox Smith's famous The Night Before Christmas are pretty easy to find. [By the way, Marilyn and the Snow Children is published by Floris as The Story of the Snow Children, and the Marilyn of the title is called Poppy.] I found listings in English for all of the books except The Ballad of the Snow King. 

I plan on sharing more of this book in the future, but I will save the Christmas stories until next year. I know most people are Christmas-ed out by now. The girls return to school tomorrow, so I'm going to squeeze a bit more Christmas cheer out of today.

I'll leave you with an illustration per story. Enjoy!

From The Cowboy's Christmas by Joan Walsh Anglund, 1972.

From A Trip to Gingerbread Land by Einar Nerman, 1939.

From Winter and the Children by Hilde Hoffmann, illustrated by Beatrice Braun-Fock, 1959.

From Nine Days to Christmas by Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida, illustrated by Marie Hall Ets, 1957.

From Marilyn and the Snow Children by Sybille von Olfers, 1905.

From The Friendly Beasts by Laura Nelson Baker, illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov, 1957.

From The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, 1912.

From The Red Horse by Elsa Moeschlin, 1935.

From The Twelve Days of Christmas by Ilonka Karasz, 1949.

From Moy Moy by Leo Politi, 1960.

From Too Many Mittens by Florence Slobodkin, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, 1958.

From Children of the Northlights by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire, 1935.

From The Ballad of the Snow King by Tadeusz Kubiak, illustrated by Zbigniew Rychlicki, 1968.

Merry Waning Days of Christmas! And Happy New Year! Wishing you joy, peace, love, and books in 2016!

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  1. Yah. Ok. LET'S DISCUSS. First off, I bow to you today because you scooped me in so many ways and that's awesome!!!!! I can't believe you OWN this. I had this in my cart at Amazon, and then put it back because I got something else, which I'll share, but then my mom in law gave me an Amazon gift card for Christmas after she got back into town from being away and NOW that book is going back in my cart! Whoosh.

    Oooooooh thank you thank you for showing a picture from the stories! FANTASTIC. Just fantastic! What a treasure! So glad you had a lovely trip. I'm coming down hard from Christmas being over and I miss Julia so much but I can finally get started com completing the 10 million calls and errands I've needed to make for the past 2 weeks......

    HAPPY NEW YEAR my darling friend!!!

    1. It's a gorgeous book. I get giddy every time I turn the pages. We got quite a few great kids' books as gifts, as well as a new edition of A Christmas Carol. And I bought an autographed copy of the latest Sarah Vowell book for Mr. B and myself. :)

      I'm ready to do a lot less, but I don't want to take down my tree. Sigh. We joked about leaving it up and redecorating it for every holiday and season, but honestly, that's a lot of work.

      Happy New Year, sweet Melissa! xoxo

  2. Happy New Year! And welcome back :) Great to have you back! The book looks marvelous and the illustrations are fantastic.

    1. Thank you! Happy New Year to you, too! I was hoping to be back a bit more this week, but Mr. B and I have colds, plus I volunteered at school a couple of days. But two posts is better than none! ;) Yes, this book is beautiful!


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