About a year ago I happened across Eloise Wilkin Stories (Little Golden Book Treasury). I immediately bought it and tucked it away on the shelf in Caroline’s room. I brought it out last week when we purchased a couple of other Little Golden Books and Caroline was enthralled with them.
To say Caroline is obsessed with this book is not an overstatement. David has taken to hiding it for parts of the day so we get a break from reading it. Caroline loves books, but this one has kept her mesmerized since the first time we read it.
This 205 page book is a collection of nine Eloise Wilkin stories. If you aren’t familiar with Wilkin, she illustrated almost fifty books for Little Golden Books. She has a very distinctive style which I enjoy very much.
I find it challenging to find books for Caroline, primarily because of the illustrations. I’m not very fond of weird or contemporary illustration styles. I prefer something beautiful and warm.
In addition to some poems, an “Introduction” and “A Remembrance of Eloise Wilkin,” this collection includes:
- Busy Timmy
- Guess Who Lives Here
- My Little Golden Book About God
- Wonders of Nature
- We Help Mommy
- Baby Listens
- Baby Dear
- Baby Looks
Caroline’s favorites right now are the last three, all about babies. She was so taken with the Baby Dear story about a little girl with a baby doll, that I got the Bitty Baby she received as a birthday present out from the closet to see if she would like to play with it. She definitely was ready. (But that’s another post!)
I highly recommend Eloise Wilkin Stories if you like older tales, older style illustrations, and generally beautiful artwork in a day of edgy children’s literature.