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Monday, October 25, 2010


No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The books I like the
best are those
That give us more than
what they say --
They simply open
countless doors
Through which our
Thoughts can roam away.
Rebecca McCann: Complete Cheerful Cherub
mrs mcgrgr
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~Anna Quindlen, "Enough Bookshelves," New York Times, 7 August 1991


You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be -
I had a mother who read to me.
~Strickland Gillilan
Thank you so much for visiting me and some of my childhood friends. laurie


MimiKay1950 said...

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." Emilie Buchwald
As a proud grandmother of three I treasure the moments I have spent reading books to my granddaughters and letting them point out the characters they recognize or make the sound of the animal on a page.
On my only trip to New York City my six year old granddaughter’s only request was that I bring her back a picture of “The Plaza” where Eloise lives. After reading Kay Thompson’s Eloise books to all of the granddaughters, I was like a child myself – overwhelmed when I saw the Grand Ballroom, The Palm Court and all the beautiful chandeliers. Thanks to the illustrator Hilary Knight everything I saw looked almost familiar after reading the books several time.
Laurie thanks for sharing your books and reminding me of the importance of reading to our children.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Laurie,
You have a great collection of children's books! What great memories they bring!
And I love your ghostly looking header, what a neat look for Halloween!
Hugs to you,

Kat said...

Laurie, I think this is my favorite post ever. What a fantastic collection, I love visiting these "old friends". And I love the Anna Quindlen quote - too true! Kat

Debbie said...

I have the biggest warm fuzzies after reading this post. Books are a pleasure of my heart. OLD books are my favorites. They take me to long ago days and long ago places.

You featured some of my favorites here today. I don't know what there is about "A Child's Garden of Verses" that grabs my heart even today.

I write that portion of the poem at the end in cards that I give young moms when I give them picture books as gifts. I believe every word of it.

This was a treasure of a post.

KBeau said...

On our cruise, we had questions about both Beatrix Potter and about "The Little Engine That Could." I remember these well, and my team got the answers correct.

Olive said...

Laurie, love this post. I could not have been happier with our den at our at the yellow house when I saw it had a whole wall of bookshelves.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

What wonderful books. I have a few old books..I need to show them sometime. The graphics are so wonderful!!

Sue said...

Laurie, How wonderful to have these books! I love the old stories and the illustrations in old books. Now, I'm not too sure I remember seeing Mama and Papa Goose before. The little engine was always a favorite. I learned to read when I was four years old and I will probably go to my grave with a book in hand. :-)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I love the graphics in the old books. I learned to read with Dick and Jane. Thanks for sharing you great collection.

ellen b. said...

I am such a sucker for old books like these with all those fabulous illustrations!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Laurie I love these old books! I had some of the same childhood friends!! This post made me smile. I still love books!

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Love the quotes, the pictures, the books! Wonderful post, Laurie!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laurie, I love these! Children's books are some of my favorite posessions, and I love to read. My favorite books are biographies of great men and women... I've just read one on George Washington that is excellent. And these sweet children's books are such wonderful companions for little ones and big ones alike.


Sheila :-)

Tricia said...

Wonderful post, Laurie! I have a lot of my childhood favorites, too, and they are among my dearest treasures. I was so blessed to have a mother who read to me -- over and over and over. It's thrilling to see my grandchildren reading books I loved as a child.

Anonymous said...

I love old books too. These are treasures. The pop up book is wonderful. Wow.

Melanie said...

I LOVE these books!!! My son is just learning to read, and I need to find him some of these old books. They are SO sweet and timeless!


Unknown said...

Oh, my favorite collectible!! I love children's books. You would not believe my collection. I think I have more children's books than the local library. I love your collection, especially the one that pops out into three dimensions. I gave my mom one that opened up into a doll house.


Anonymous said...

This post makes me want to spend some time curled up in front of a fire revisiting old friends. The books I still have, the fireplace I'll have to improvise.
Hard to type with cats helping.


Hi. Just blog hopping. Thanks for sharing some of your old children's books. Found memories. I also did a post this week on some old books.
~ Julie