Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Big Golden Book of Poetry: 85 Childhood Favorites

I have been very much out of commission on this blog for months--blame the baby--but I'm trying to get back to this and other writing. I wanted to start with this treasure because it's the vintage Golden Book that I use the most, partly because it works for both the big kid and the baby (and me!). There's something about the illustrations and the layout of this book that just lures in the reader, and it's given me a new appreciation for poetry in general and children's poetry in particular. Some scans of the Gertrude Elliott illustrations are posted below.

The Golden Book of Poetry
Edited by Jane Werner
Illustrated by Gertrude Elliott
(c) 1947 Golden Press




"Moon Song" by Mildred Plew Meigs: "Zoon, zoon, cuddle and croon--over the crinkling sea..."

"Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" by Eugene Field: "Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes, And Nod is a little head..."

"General Store" by Rachel Field

"The Sugar-Plum Tree" by Eugene Field

"Custard the Dragon" by Odgen Nash: "Belinda lived in a little white house, With a little black kitten and a little gray mouse, and A little yellow dog and a little red wagon, And a realio, trulio, little pet dragon."

"The Duel" by Eugene Field

"Little Orphant Annie" by James Whitcomb Riley: "An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you Ef you Don't Watch Out!"

"If I Were a One-Legged Pirate" by Mildred Plew Meigs: "Plying the lane Of the Spanish Main for Gold! Gold! Gold!"

"Jill Came From the Fair" by Eleanor Farjeon

"Jill Came From the Fair" by Eleanor Farjeon

"The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear

"The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear


6 comments:

  1. I was born in 1963, at 3-4 years old, my Mother read these to us until the book fell apart! I just found this page and 40-50 years later, I see the pictures and read the poems like I saw them last night at bed time!! My mom has been gone almost 18 years, but this still resonates in my every day life!!

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    1. So glad to have brought back some good memories. This is one of our all-time faves.

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  2. I nabbed this book from my family. As the youngest of six I knew it would disappear if I did not steal it for my own. It now has a duct-taped back, old-book smell, and has held the interest of my daughter and her unsuspecting sleep-over friends. The Sugar Plum Tree never fails to leave the audience wanting to fall to sleep... in hopes of causing enough mayhem for all the candies to fall...

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  3. I nabbed this book from my family. As the youngest of six I knew it would disappear if I did not steal it for my own. It now has a duct-taped back, old-book smell, and has held the interest of my daughter and her unsuspecting sleep-over friends. The Sugar Plum Tree never fails to leave the audience wanting to fall to sleep... in hopes of causing enough mayhem for all the candies to fall...

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  4. my dad and mom used to read this book, i just loved custard the dragon the most and little orphan annie and the wind people blowing the air

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