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vintage picture books

While procrastinating my duties, I stumbled into CEDOK bookstore, an online Japanese store, (I think- I don’t speak or read Japanese) and found all of these delightful illustrations in children’s picture books from 1960 – 1990’s. I couldn’t help but waste extraordinary amounts of time browsing the images.

They call to mind the books of publisher Harlin Quist an avant-garde publisher in America (1966 – 1984) who published over 60 children’s books featuring some of the finest American and European artists and illustrators. Mention of the name can bring me to tears with visual memories flooding back remembering the images of favorite books of my own childhood, Millicent the Monster being first on the list.
So, let the vintage or from-my-childhood-era reward be yours as well, I’ll show off some of the favorite illustrations I found today. I’m not sure what language is on the pages (do share if you know) and who’s the illustrator or the author, so I jotted down what info I could decipher.

Ze zahradky do zahradky, 1989, Jiri Kahoun


Domecek z kostekj, 1961, Ela Perociova, Gabriela Dubska

Tajny lodni denik, 1966, Ladiskav Dvorsky, Jan Schmid

Sroubek v cirkuse, 1963, Marcello Argilli, Vladimir Fuka

Svetlusky, 1996, Jan Marsicek, Eva Frantova

Pahadoky pro obe usi, 1978

Nevyplazuj jazyk na Ivan, 1986, Daniel Hevier, Kveta Pacovska

Karlicka a bily konik, 1968, illustrated by Branka Jurcova, Kveta Pacovska

A handmade gift is the best

The best kind of gift is handmade- especially on Mother’s Day. I love watching the faces of my little people light up as they pass packages from behind their backs and tell me about what they’ve worked so hard to make- it’s truly one of the best moments of motherhood. This Mother’s Day was fantastic- full of handmade goodness, thoughtfulness, hugs and kisses.

20120514-093934.jpgA book we love, The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman- all about mothering- with excellent rhyming and illustrations. The pictures by Marla Frazee are fantastic but my favorite page is this one:
20120514-093943.jpgA mother (wearing a macaroni necklace and paper crown) blows out the candles on a cake the kids have worked together to bake.  A picnic blanket in the foreground is covered with little gifts made and gathered by chubby little, grubby little hands- priceless.

A sassy hand-forged and personalized Mother’s Day autograph gift from my sis whose opinions and affiliations on most topics could not differ radically from my own, (did we grow up in the same house?) luckily, we do agree that sarcasm is king. Mitt makes the refrigerator- thanks girl, I love ya!