Saturday, November 9, 2013

Herbert the Lion

Sometimes we find the best treasures at the thrift shop!  Let's face it, most thrift stores- especially the unorganized ones- have a lot of mediocre books to sift through.  Up on the display case, behind some vintage Sesame Street alphabet books and a bunch of cheap Barbie paperbacks, I spotted "Herbert".  Obviously a reprint from a 1931 original, the creamy yellow dust jacket and large over-sized shape looked brand new.

We've read it dozens of times since I brought it home 2 days ago!  The color palate is just yellow, white and that distinctive vintage blue/green that Martha Stewart has made so popular.  Clare Turylay Newberry (who has an award named after her) drew the most adorable lion and his Shirley Temple look alike owner/friend.    Needless to say I'm thrilled with this new find!

(Because of the size of the book I had to photograph it instead of scan it in, so the color quality isn't the best).

Clare Turlay Newberry 1998


  1. Hi. I came across your blog when I googled "Christmas in a Barn." Then I was off and reading, and read all of your December book reviews across the years. What a delight! Thank you so much for sharing these dear treasures. I'm up much later than I would otherwise have been, but it's been a treat, and I have ideas for additions to my sweet Christmas library. Oh, a few favorites in return, some more for text than for illustrations:

    The Cottage At The End of the Lane, Elaine Mills (1994...Christmas coziness, though not a Christmas tale)
    Told Under the Christmas Tree, An Umbrella Book, 1948 (try to get one with the animals on the dust-jacket)
    The Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Cyndy Szekeres (1982...a mouse family; it's darling)
    The Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Tasha Tudor
    The Christmas Cupboard, Margo Hoff (1968; it's not a storybook, but has charming illustrations and is very Christmasy)
    The First Christmas Crib, Katherine Milhous (1944; a sweet story about St. Francis at Christmastime)
    Miss Suzy, Miriam Young (1964; not a Christmas story, but sweet squirrel illustrations)

    Okay, that's all for now! I'll be back to see what you share this December. (No pressure! :-)

    Have a wonderful Christmas season.

    1. Thanks for the list- I have some books to check out! I love learning about new authors/illustrators.

  2. p.s. I adored the book you shared called Snow by Roy McKie, for all the illustrations and the general idea, but especially for the girl pouring water from a teapot into the birdbath. Each morning in the winter, when I carry hot water out to thaw the birdbath, I always say that I'm taking the birds their hot tea.

    I was also especially to see the Christmas story illustrated by Barbara Cooney. We love her Miss Rumphius and Princess Tales.