I know it’s early, but I love this time of year. I go out treasure hunting at the thrift stores for vintage Christmas decorations (found some great stuff today), and I sometimes get lucky and find a book treasure. No such luck today, but I wanted to show some great old books that I would definitely snatch up if I found them.
Pookie Believes In Santa Claus by Ivy L. Wallace looks like one of the cutest things ever! From Google Books: Pookie, the little white rabbit with wings, first published in 1945, is a classic, endearing character. Christmas is coming but Pookie is worried about whether there is a real Santa Claus or not. Always eager to find out the truth, Pookie stays up all night on Christmas Eve and is rewarded when he hears the faint tinkle of sledge bells. Pookie is so excited about seeing Santa Claus that he wakes up all the woodland folk to tell them, but nobody believes him. The only way they will believe him is to meet him themselves…
I can’t say no to The Poky Little Puppy, especially at Christmas time.
I just realized that Christmas In the Country is by Cynthia Rylant! I love her. From Google Books: Cynthia Rylant returns to her Appalachian roots in this story of a young girl who lives with her grandparents in the country. Rylant evokes the warmth of the joyful Christmas season and celebrates the greatest gift of all — the love of family. Diane Goode’s cheerful watercolors capture the festivities of the season, from Christmas trees loaded with homemade ornaments to the snow-covered countryside.
There is no limit to the number of books featuring Clement C. Moore’s famous poem. The key is finding an illustrator that you love. I’m a big fan of Gyo Fujikawa’s drawings.
I have more than one version of Frosty the Snowman but not this one. Kids today do know who he is, so that’s a relief. I feel so heartbroken when a tradition is lost from one generation to the next.
Thorton Burgess is the author of The Littlest Christmas Tree. I really liked his Old Mother West Wind stories.
I’m so mad at myself, I once had a copy of The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), but I can’t find it anywhere.
Okay, this one I added just for fun. The Bear has a serious creeper-quality and the picture looks like he’s buying drugs from his dealer, Old Saint Nick. It just made me giggle.
So there is a short list of vintage titles that I’d love to stumble upon. I am always on the lookout for good stuff, but the special Christmas thrift store in my town didn’t have any books. I did find some awesome wooden rocking horses and wooden ornaments like the ones my mom, grandma and great grandma had on the tree when I was a kid.
I keep hoping that this will be the year someone gives me a lighted tree like this:
My mom made one years ago and gave it to her grandmother. Then when that grandma passed away, my older sister inherited the tree. There are more in the family, but none live at my house yet. Someday.