I collect vintage children’s books and am very happy to find this charming picture book, The Baby Elephant, originally published in 1950, printed anew. The 8? x 11? hardcover offers the original delightful story and classic illustrations. Back in the day, didn’t everyone want to see the circus? Well, what if you lived at the circus all the time? You’d probably want to take an enjoyable journey across the American countryside, just like the baby elephant in this fun tale.
It is wonderfully illustrated by Peter Burchard, who later became a Guggenheim Fellow for his work in the arts, including authoring numerous books about the Civil War period. He wrote the book upon which the film “Glory” was based. He passed on in 2004, yet his books and illustrations live on, and continue to delight me and many, many others. Thank you, G+D Vintage for renewing these timeless tales once again.
The Christmas Puppy is the original 1953 children’s picture book, republished for a new generation. I read this book with my grandmother when I was child, and as a new 9? x 12? hardcover presented with its original text and illustrations, it’s just as adorable as I remembered it. When Polly’s letter to Santa Claus for a toy puppy arrives on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Santa says there is no time to make her a new one… but then Santa sees his own dog Jingle — who just had puppies — and has “a wonderful idea.” Now, I can share this sweet story with my own new grandkids! Can. Not. Wait.