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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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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?


Children's Books, TBTPictureBooks

Three Bedtime Stories

Throwback Thursday Picture Books!

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Three Bedtime Stories

The Three Little Kittens – The Three Bears – The Three Little Pigs

Today’s Throwback Thursday Picture Book is one of my own childhood picture books. I love finding old picture books in thrift stores, but I scored this favorite on a visit home a few years ago. This was a much-loved and read picture book by me and my sister. I love that I can read this with my children now.

Three Bedtime Stories isn’t the classic small square Golden Book. It’s quite tall. The perfect size for taking in detailed illustrations by Garth Williams. Especially for the illustration of the Big Bad Wolf  peering in through the little house made of sticks.

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Twentieth Printing, 1973

The Three Bedtime Stories are classics. I’d say I could probably recite these stories to my children from memory.

Except for The Three Little Pigs –I thought the first little pig ran to his brother’s house (I’ve always imagined they were brothers) after the Big Bad Wolf blew down the house of straw. Next, the two little pigs run together for their brother’s house made of bricks after the house of sticks is blown in. Then the wolf follows and is defeated by the hardest working brother’s sturdy construction and they all live happily ever after.


I had it all wrong. Are you ready?

“Then the big bad wolf huffed and he puffed, and he blew the house in.

He ate up the fat little pig. And that was the end of the first little pig.”

Did you already know?

I must have made up my own fairytale ending for these little pigs. Don’t worry though –The hard working brother’s time in constructing his brick house paid off and not all was lost.

“The third little pig had wolf stew for dinner that night.”

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What was one of your favorite childhood picture books? Do you still have any?


If you happen to be near Orlando between Now & January 11, 2015 check out the exhibit

Lullaby and Goodnight—Children’s Literature from the Morse Collection

at the Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, FL