Saturday, February 28, 2009

From a Little Golden Book















This was one of my favorites as a kid. It was a hot muggy unbearable summer day and I had walked to the local drugstore with my older brother. He usually saw his sisters as nuisances, so I don't know how I got to tag along. He called us all "Sis" as if we had no individual names. When we got to the store, I went to look at the metal book display and asked for this book. He was flirting with the girl behind the counter, and agreed to buy me a book, but when he saw it was a Christmas book, he told me to choose something else. It was stupid to get a Christmas book in August, he said. I said I liked the snow in the book and refused to put it back. He argued, tried to foist a Henry book off on me -- *Henry was a kid with a giant bald head who was obsessed with lollipops-- (as if!) and finally gave up. He thought I was stupid,and I didn't care what he thought. I thought he had no imagination if he couldn't think about snow in August.

*Later I looked at the Henry book and it wasn't horrible or anything--it just seemed so at the time.

10 comments:

R.L. Bourges said...

oh, lovely book! (and the little mouse with the sleigh, and the pretzel on the top picture, and the grainy feel of the paper, and...oh, I like this book. And the story of how it came to be yours, too.)

subtorp77 said...

Nice. I never had this one. Still have one of the old Lassie ones, tho' :)

Deborah Godin said...

OMG - I remember Henry! Didn't he have a comic strip, too, or am I mixing things up? Great Hedgehog illustrations, and a fun story!

JGH said...

Is that the same Henry who has the purple crayon? I have a few golden books too that I just can't part with. Lots of them that I grew up with are out of print now. Hold onto Mr. Hedgehog and those great memories!

e said...

I think that you were wise and spunky to hold your ground! This is a lovely illustated little book. Modern books of this ilk don't hold a candle to this one. I wish I had some of the Golden Books from my Nana's collection now.

tony said...

August is the best time to think about snow! In December we dont need too!

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

One of my regrets is not saving many of my books from my childhood :( It was mostly Nancy Drew,but still...
I did a lot of library reading as a kid :)

Megan said...

I have that one! I have that one!

ArtSparker said...

Henry's face looked disturbingly as if it had relocated fro a different part of his body. My favorite Little Golden Book is the one about the poodle who wanted to be a baker.

ArtSparker said...

Oh, and it's Harold with the Purple Crayon.

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