For me, the entire justification for a bookshelf's existence lies in pajamas and adventure -- mine or my kids. Sharing the story enlarges the world it occupies. Many of my favorite memories include reading aloud, my kids lounging around me, asking questions. "What's a milkman?" "Why do they keep saying 'Sir'?" "Why don't they just go to the store and buy one?" I love vintage novels for the opportunity they give me to explain the daily life of another time. After reading the readily available (Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, The Boxcar Children, Freddy the Detective) I looked for others in the same era. Following are some that inspire my family over and over again.
Stay posted tomorrow for an amazing use for vintage books--those ones that are less than remarkable but completely beautiful. You wont want to miss this one!
- Homer Price by Robert McCloskey. The drawings bring the story to life for little kids (I think my youngest was two when I read this to them). Squeaky clean and fear-free adventure tales for boys and girls. Like The Andy Griffith Show in print!
- Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright. Almost a time travel fantasy, but one step better as the characters exist in â€œmodernâ€ (1950s) time, even though they live a turn-of-the-century lifestyle. Inspired my kids to dress up as the main characters for Halloween. Donâ€™t miss the sequel, or the Melendy series, also by Elizabeth Enright.
- The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron. This book on space travel pre-dates the moon landing. What boy doesnâ€™t want to picture himself on a rocket with his best friend, on a mission to save the world?
- Little Men by Louisa May Alcott. Pre-vintage and heavy on the morals, this is the city equivalent to Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie. Both books portray solid family values, DIY know-how, and abundant details of households without modern conveniences.
- My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. Fantasy for the very young, this series focused on kindness and adventure won't get dusty on your bookshelf.