Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Little Golden Books and Other Treasures in the Attic by Mrs. Rash

“When the Little Golden Books were launched in 1942 at 25 cents each, they changed publishing history,” according to Penguin Random House. “For the first time, children’s books were high quality and low priced. They were available to almost all children, not just a privileged few.”

My mother would always buy a Little Golden Book for me when I went through the grocery store with her. It seemed like I had a hundred of them, but I probably had twenty or thirty. They were dog-eared
because I chewed on them! I spent hours thumbing through them and telling the stories to myself before I could even read. Recently when my husband was doing some cleaning in the attic, he brought down a box of books for me to sort through.  Among them I found Mr. Dog, a Little Golden Book that I had always enjoyed reading to my children, and may have read myself as a little girl.  


Mr. Dog is an unusual book that was written by Margaret Wise Brown, who also wrote Goodnight Moon. It is about an old dog who lives by himself, and befriends a young boy who is also on his own.  I always wondered why these characters were on their own and wondered if they were living in the Depression when many people had to fend for themselves.

I decided to look into it and, thanks to some Internet research, I found out a few things! Mr. Dog was the last book Margaret Wise Brown wrote, and it was not during the Depression (1950).  I did find out that she liked to use a few difficult words in her books because she  wanted to make children think. She also liked  to make up silly stories that might seem like nonsense to grown ups. Perhaps this is what she was doing when she wrote Mr. Dog!

Check out this link to find out more about The Fascinating History of Little Golden Books.  Do you have a favorite "Little Golden Book"? Put your title in the comments section below.
Mrs. Twombly loves this one!
Mrs. Schwinden's favorite!

Special memories for Mrs. Raftelis!

8 comments:

  1. The Poky Little Puppy was my favorite, too. I even have a Poky Little Puppy Christmas ornament!

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  2. I share the same favorite as Mrs. Twombly. I loved The Pokey Little Puppy!
    -Mrs. Castonguay

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  3. My favorite little golden book was Nurse Nancy

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    1. I loved Nurse Nancy, too, especially the band-aids. Also Doctor Dan, the Bandage Man!

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  4. Baby Dear! I have not seen that book in ages- wow, memories just came flooding back when I saw that cover! I had completely forgotten about that book! That was definitely my favorite!

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    1. That book arrived in my house when my mom was getting ready to bring a new baby home. My sister and I memorized each page. Several years ago my sister found a copy in a hospital gift shop and she surprised me with it! I love it! Thanks for your response :)

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  5. Saggy Baggy Elephant was a favorite! Mr. Paddock

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  6. I love Nurse Nancy because it was one of Natalie's favorites. She loved to put bandaids on others just like the book. When she was old enough to talk she would tell the nurses at appointments she would like to be a nurse or a veterinarian. The boys liked the Saggy Baggy Elephant. I loved the Four Little Kittens, especially the illustrations! Thanks for the Memories! Mrs. Lamond

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