Friday, March 7, 2008

Very Special Children's Book ~ Show and Tell

It's show and tell at Kelli's house. Please visit her for lots of wonderful things.
Today I want to show you this treasure. This book was given to my mom and her sister when they were children.
I love this book for it's beautiful illustrations and the captivating stories. Our daddy used to read this to us in the evening. I have such happy memories of him reading and showing us the pictures.
I used to think that these two little girls were my mom and her sister Dorothy, because their hair coloring was just like these two girls. Below is a list of illustrators and the original price.
As you can see the cost in 1923 was $36.49. Uncle Charles gave the book at Christmas time 1945, so it was over 20 years old when given. He had used it in his classroom when he was a school teacher.
Look at this darling picture of the wise old mouse asking the other mice, "Who will bell the cat?"

This illustration of the Bandog is so cute. I love the way he is drawn.
The detail of this alligator is scary. I used to be in awe when looking at him. This illustrator was Bert R. Elliott.
A favorite story, which we asked our daddy to read us over and over again is Mrs. Chinchilla the cat. It is absolutely adorable. My favorite line in the book talks about her tongue.
Here is a quote from the story: "I'll tell you what that tongue had in it: a hair brush, a comb, a tooth-brush, a nail brush, a sponge, a towel, and a cake of soap!"
A teasing boy stole one of her kittens, and she went after the boy, and scolded him, and scratched him with long sharp scratches. I can remember feeling afraid of cat's claws when hearing that, and determining never to tease a cat. The story was written by Kate Wiggin
Another favorite story was Little Burnt-Face. It is the Cinderella story from an American Indian point of view. In the story her mean sisters scalded her face with coals from the fire, and singed her pretty black hair. I was such a sensitive child, I felt her pain. It was so sad, yet so thrilling when in the end Little Burn-Face gets to marry the Great Chief.
I hope you've enjoyed my show and tell today as much as I have enjoyed sharing it.
Have a blessed day ~ Kathi


Sharon said...

I love that book! I remember Daddy reading to us at night from that book. My favorite was Mrs. Chinchilla too. I always thought the little girls were either Mom and Dorothy or you and I! How did you end up with that book???? LOL! Just kidding, I know we have to share all of the wonderful treasures!

Love you so much sister! Sharon

Anonymous said...


What a lovely book. Books are very precious in our family! They ARE members of the family even!

Have a blessed day


I'm sorry I have to put my link here. It doesn't seem to "take" in the name/url box

Hootin' Anni said...

I LOVE this!!!!! I am a bookaholic, and I would love to just touch this. A real treasure.

Have a great weekend, hope you can drop by my show n tell if you haven't already.

Heather said...

What a beautiful old book! I can tell it has a lot of meaning for you (and your sister! lol) and really brings back fond memories. A rare treasure, to be sure. ;o)

Connie Marie said...

What a fun book!

stace said...

awesome book!!

Brenda said...

Love the book. Wow that was exspensive for back then wasn't it? Love the color also.

Pat said...

What a treasure the book is, and all the more because of the memories you have of your father reading it to you!

Hugs, Pat in NY

Dalyn (AKA The Queen of Quite Alot) said...

love old books...they seem so valuable to me for so many reasons...
thanks for visitng my blog dearie. I canno imagine needing a break from the hens- that is my therapy...watching them is 10 times better than TV :)

Jewelgirl said...

Great book. I love the
illustrations and artwork.

Mimi said...

that is really a wonderful full of sweet memories...

Penless Thoughts said...

That book is indeed a treasure and a heirloom.

Tara said...


How great to have a book like this! Sp special to share with your children!

Hope you can take a hop over to my blog, I really enjoyed my visit here!

It's All Good! said...

Thanks for sharing your book. I love seeing the old illustrations.
Have a great weekend.

Kelli said...

Ooh...what a lovely book, Kathi! The cover is beautiful and I love all of the illustrations too.


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