Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Daddy Book

The Daddy Book
Robert Stewart
pictures by Don Madden 1972

 What better way to celebrate Father's Day than with The Daddy Book!  This little treasure was recently found at the thrift store and who could resist these great 1970's illustrations!

It's an homage to dads that come in all shapes and sizes, have all sorts of different hobbies, do all kinds of different chores, and have all kinds of different careers.  Not only are the clothes and pictures fabulous (seriously the neckties and striped trousers are the best!) but there's all sorts of diversity- dads that come in different ethnicities and even do household chores.  Definitely more progressive than some of the vintage dad books we have from the 1950's!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Emil in the Soup Tureen

I think Astrid Lindgren is just wonderful.  Her rambunctious Pippi Longstocking books are pure fun! Now here's another character full of mischief and trouble and the very definition of a lovable rascal.  Emile lives on a farm with his mother and father, his little sister, Ida, the workman, Alfred, and the maid Lina.  His antics start with him getting a soup tureen stuck on his head and the lengths that his silly parents go to help him.  Lindgren ends each chapter with a teasing of the next story.

Astrid Lindgren

Monday, June 1, 2015

Around the Year

Tasha Tudor

A sweet thrift store find for us, Tasha Tudor's classically beautiful illustrations lead us around the seasons.  She's at her very best evoking all the simple joys and activities of childhood and family life as the year goes round.  There's no small part of me that wishes I lived a Tasha Tudor life!