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Prayers for Children



A Little Golden Book

Prayers for Children

Pictures by Eloise Wilkin

Western Publishing Company 1974, 1952

Little Golden Book Classic published by Random House, Inc.

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It’s been a tough week for me and my family. One that certainly had us in our own time of prayer. It seemed fitting to share one of my favorite vintage children’s books this Thursday.

It turns out I liked this Little Golden Book so much I bought it twice at two different thrift stores. The first one was published in originally in 1952 and reprinted again in 1974. The second one is a Little Golden Book Classic, First Random House Edition 2002. The artwork is done by Eloise Wilkin. The covers are different, but her artwork and the prayers in the book are the same and in the same order. I think the only exception is the colors are more saturated in the newer printing. I’d love to be able to find the 1952 version to go along with these.

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“God, make my life a little staff

Whereon the weak may rest,

And so what health and strength I have

May serve my neighbors best.

God, Make my life a little hymn

of tenderness and praise;

Of faith, that never waxeth dim,

In all His wondrous ways.”

~ A portion from A Child’s Prayer by M. Betham-Edwards


These books offer sweet prayers to pray with your child through the day. From Morning Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, Evening Prayer to Good Night prayer, the book is full of sweet ways to talk to God. The last prayer, Evening Prayer surprised me when I saw it. It’s printed as a hymn, the words adapted by Miriam Drury. I said this one many nights through my childhood with my mom. I never knew it was meant to be sung.

” Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray Thee, Lord, Thy child to keep: Thy love guard me through the night, And wake me with the morning light.”


These sweet prayers are a reminder it’s good to spend time on my knees in prayer with my own children each and everyday, no matter what may come.

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I’m so thankful my Grandma passed on this photo of my own mom and her sis saying their prayers at bedtime.

 Do you have a special prayer you say with your children?





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I Can Read



Little Chick’s Story


by Mary DeBall Kwitz

illustrated by Cyndy Szekeres

Published by Harper & Row


I was drawn to Little Chick’s Story by the simple soft blue and brown color palette. I love the pencil lines of Cyndy Szekeres through the wash of pale colors and how in places she uses no color at all, only the pencil. It’s beautiful how well the simplicity of the two colors work in Little Chick’s Story.

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My favorite part of the story itself is that this is An Early I CAN READ Book, but Mary DeBall Kwitz still lets children read and learn from the rich detail in her text.

“She laid one egg in the meadow for the ring-tailed raccoon.

And she hid one egg in the violets for the Easter rabbit.”

I love her word choice, especially violets. She could have called them flowers, but she chose to teach children about a specific flower. Maybe there’s meaning in that for the author.

This book made me think of all the I Can Read books my children have checked out and read from the library and the ones we’ve bought and read together at home. It really is incredible to see your child grow and learn to make sense of letters and the sounds they make and then learn to put it all together and read all by themselves.

I wondered about the series of books and when it possibly started. I found out the first I Can Read book published was Little Bear in 1957, by Else Holmelund and illustrated Maurice Sendak.

You can read the history of how the I Can Read series began HERE.


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What’s your favorite I Can Read book?






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What Do You Say?


I found a new favorite picture book on this Throwback Thursday. This might be something I say about all of our picture books. Maybe I’ll just say this is my new favorite picture book about manners.

What Do You Say, Dear?



By Sesyle Joslin

Illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Published by Scholastic Book Services

3rd printing October 1965



“single copy price 35¢”


When I found the book, I admit, I picked it up right away because I saw Maurice Sendak’s name on the cover as the illustrator. This made me quite happy. But when I read the book I loved the words also. This really is what a great picture book is all about isn’t it? Great words with great pictures. I love how fun Sesyle Joslin made practicing manners. There is no room left for ordinary. Her words bring full imagination and lots of laughter.

It’s hard to pick out one favorite spread. I think I like them all, but I do want to share one with you so I’ll pick one for now…


“You are a dangerous pirate and you have captured a fine lady to take on your ship. Every morning when you untie her so she can eat breakfast, she says, “Good morning. How are you?”

“What do you say, dear?”



“This is the funniest book about manners you ever read!”





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Personal Typing


This Throwback Thursday book is dedicated to my mom.

–Disclaimer: This one isn’t a picture book, but it does have fantastic illustrations and I couldn’t resist the fun of it when I found it at the thrift store.

Personal and Professional Typing

S. J. Wanous


South-Western Publishing Company

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I think I grew up in a strange time of transition, sort of an in an in-between state. Old technology VS. new technology. A bit of time spent in darkrooms developing my own film and making prints, learning to type on a typewriter, and also learning how to use a computer and getting photos burned onto Kodak CDs.

I had the privilege of taking one class learning to type on an electric typewriter. I say it’s a privilege because I learned how to type on a keyboard well and it’s been something I’ve used ever since.

Technology is still changing, and it always will be, but for now  my son still has to sit down to type reports for school on our Mac and he doesn’t know the keyboard. He types essays one little letter at a time, click… click… click… It’s painful to watch sometimes.

I know the time he could save by learning to type. My fingers find the keys on their own, no scanning for the letters, no thinking involved.  I wish he had this skill.

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I wonder if my nostalgic find might be put to some good with my kiddos?

It might be fun to use this manual and see what happens.

Does anyone learn to type like this anymore?





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Chicka Chicka abc



Chicka Chicka abc

by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault

Illustrated by Lois Ehlert


Today’s Throwback Thursday Picture Book is one of my favorite little board books. This was the first book I received as a baby gift when my son was born. We read this little ABC rhyme book over and over and it seemed quite the perfect first book for my little Florida baby. We’ve never been in short supply of coconut trees down here in the sunshine state.

This is our book, faded and lovingly worn around the edges, first read with my son and then again with my little girl.

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The best part about celebrating Chicka Chicka abc today is I have Lois Ehlert’s new book, The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life reserved and waiting for me to pick up at Barnes & Noble.

Julie Danielson of the impossibly wonderful blog, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, shares an interview with Lois Ehlert over at Book Page. You may just end up going to get a copy too after you read the interview.


What was your baby’s first book?



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Nursery Rhymes


Nursery Rhymes

A Puppet Treasure Book

This is the last book in my collection from children’s book artists Tadasu Izawa and Shigemi Hijikata. This one is full of nursery rhymes including selections from Robert Louis Stevenson to Mother Goose, counting rhymes, and “Little Nursery Rhymes” –Little Tom Tucker, This Little Pig, Jumping Joan, Jack Horner, Little Boys and Little Girls, Little Bo-Peep, Little Robin Redbreast, We Willie Winkie, and Polly Flinders. It’s a fun collection from Tadasu Izawa and Shigemi Hijikata.



My favorite rhyme is Where Go the Boats from Robert Louis Stevenson. Today has been a little rough around the edges. I think tomorrow I just might find myself down by the water where the boats go.

“Dark brown is the river,

Golden is the sand.

It flows along forever,

With trees on either hand…”

Where Go the Boats Robert Louis Stevenson



What’s your favorite nursery rhyme?


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Baby Animals



Baby Animals

A Puppet Storybook

1969 -illustrations by Tadasu Izawa and Shigemi Hijikata


Inside Flap

I bought this book with two others by T. Izawa and S. Hijikata. The style of the others two books I bought were different from this one, so I didn’t realize at first what was missing from the front cover. I could see glue lines on the cover of Baby Animals and it definitely made me curious what the cover was supposed to look like.  I found out the cover art on many of the books from T. Izawa and S. Hijikata are done with a lenticular 3D card.  

Even though the cover on this was missing a part I was happy I had found a little set of books at a thrift store all from the same illustrators. Maybe they were dropped off by a family who once collected and loved these books with the whimsical photographic illustrations from T. Izawa and S. Hijikata. 

Back Cover

As I look into other books by these two artists, I’m amazed at the number of titles that were produced. There must have been endless days setting up shots in the studio for all the books –fun little details to work out and sets to design.

“…beautiful color illustrations of adorable puppets in lifelike poses that are en endless delight.”


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On the Farm



The Farm 

A Golden Book

Published 1980

Cover photograph by M. Salamon

Back Cover by M. Barrows

Found: Salvation Army

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I was so excited when I found this little book at Salvation Army. It combines two of my favorite things in children’s books, it’s a board book and the story is told through photographs. A little gem to teach little ones all about a day on the farm.

My kiddos live in sunny south Florida, much of the farm life they know of is through books or what they’ve seen on T.V. One of our favorite family trips took us on a long drive from Detroit to Buffalo, winding through rural parts of beautiful Ohio along the way. The kids were mesmerized by the miles of farmland. True to the pictures they’d seen of farms, we saw sprawling fields with cattle grazing near big red barns. My sweet girl stared out her window, “Mom look! Are those real barns?” She was amazed to see the real deal in person. It’s one of my favorite memories from the trip.

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What are some of your favorite photo illustrated books? 


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What I Didn’t Buy On Black Friday


Thanksgiving day my mother-in-law brought the rolls and mashed potatoes. My father-in-law brought me a stack of Black Friday ads. He’s so sweet. He knows I love looking through the weekly ads in the Sunday paper. I like the idea of finding the perfect gift or a great sale. It’s like a little treasure hunt.

I didn’t end up going out for anything. I stayed home. Maybe it’s because treasures really don’t end up in print ads in the Sunday paper. That’s what’s great about discovering a treasure. 

I found this little golden treasure at a Salvation Army thrift store.

A 1954 early edition (Second Printing) Little Golden Book, The Friendly Book by Margaret Wise Brown

Illustrated by Garth Williams

When I read her books I just want to cuddle up my little kiddos and squeeze them tight. Something quite like Garth Williams’ illustration of the little girl squeezing the bunny rabbit on the cover of The Friendly Book.

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Cooking Should Be Simple


Pancakes For Breakfast by Tomie De Paola


More wordless and wonderful picture books

I found this great school copy at a Salvation Army. It was issued as a textbook, but it looks like it was never read.

Copyright 1978 –The summary reads, “A little old lady’s attempts to have pancakes for breakfast are hindered by a scarcity of supplies and participation of her pets.”

I love how hard the little old lady works to get her pancakes, how as she gathers all the ingredients, you see her imagining eating her stacks of yummy pancakes dripping with fresh maple syrup. She gets so close!

The cute little lady on the cover perfectly matches the story from beginning to end.

I hope I have as much grace in the kitchen this Thanksgiving as Tomie De Paola’s little old lady! If my imagination of the perfect dinner goes terribly wrong, maybe there will be a neighbor close by…

“… I knew I was going to be an artist when I grew up, from a very early age.

And the great thing is I never changed my mind.” –Tomie De Paola from Artist to Artist

  • Check out this fun list of  more wordless picture books from the Eric Calre Museum of Picture Book Art.
  •  Wave, by Suzy Lee is another one of our family favorites. This is the perfect book for letting your imagination play along the shore when you’re stuck inside and dreaming of a day at the beach.

Do you have any favorite wordless picture books?

A Book Giveaway –Celebrate my Grandma Betty’s 90th birthday with Me!


My Grandma Betty celebrated her 90th birthday this week.

To celebrate with her you can enter to win a copy of her devotional book, Dare to Live: Devotions for Those Over the Hill, Not Under It! 

If you aren’t a senior yet, this would make a sweet Christmas present for grandparents.

Head over to goodreads to Enter.  Entries close tomorrow, Nov. 22, 2013