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More Jolly Rhymes of Mother Goose – Lois Lenski, 1922

I’m not sure, but it seems to me that many children today cannot recite nursery rhymes. This is certainly true at the elementary school where I work, but since more than half of our students are Asian, their parents may not be familiar with the whole Mother Goose thing. Maybe the rhymes are thought to…

Jolly Rhymes of Mother Goose — Lois Lenski, 1922

As many of my friends know, I am a big fan of Lois Lenski. My son, Elliott, loved the Mr. Small books when he was little — something about the simple stories and simplistic (but adorable) illustrations is just so appealing. Of course, one of the reasons I like her drawings is because they can…

First Steps in Art

Isn’t this just the best cover ever — a huge garden filled with gorgeous hollyhocks, foxgloves and other flowers I can’t identify. It’s rare to see a soft cover book with a wrap-around cover illustration like this, and I am pretty happy with my work on the image repairing the gap where the covers had…

My Own ABC Book – Endpapers

I suppose these are not technically endpapers (and really just the inside covers), since this book is a soft cover wrap. The artist is Elizabeth Colborne. Wouldn’t these pictures be wonderful done in redwork — or bluework? Of course, I see them in a quilt, with the bookplate changed to read: This Quilt Belongs To…

My Own ABC Book – Y and Z

Sadly, this is the end of the Lenski alphabet letters. However, I have a special treat for tomorrow. There are wonderful endpapers in this book by a different illustrator which I will post tomorrow.

My Own ABC Book — Lois Lenski

This week I want to share with you this wonderful ABC book published in 1922 by Platt and Munk. This is one of the first books illustrated by Lois Lenski, and it is a little different in style compared to her later books. Some of the pictures are in color, and some are black and…

Bluebird Houses

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles recently wrote about her newly renovated bluebird houses. Here’s one of her photos where you can see a potential new resident. When I read about her bluebirds, I remembered I had a couple of cute birdhouse pages somewhere in my vintage coloring book collection — it just took me a…

Alice in Wonderland Painting Book — Pages 8 & 9

These blocks are going to be a nice project to work on over the summer — a little similar to the ABC blocks in that they are very detailed and stitched with one color. Because I have two months off each summer, I try to work on Christmas presents for my family, but I never…