"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Joy of a child's book!

One of the things I collect are books by the Swedish children's author Elsa Beskow. These books are being republished.

They are beautifully old fashioned with a cloth binding. It is nostalgia at its best! I only have four so far. I buy one every once in a while as a treat when I order some paperbacks. In fact, I have my next book in my basket ready to purchase with my next order soon.

The stories are sweet and full of childhood innocence but the illustrations are just so beautifully done. They take you back to a simple time and allow you to be a child once again...

Enlarge the photos by clicking on them so you too can enter the kitchen with mother, pull on Daisy's tail or encounter a family of gnomes!


Elsa Beskow was born in February 11, 1874 and died on June 30, 1953. Today is the anniversary of her death and I wanted to remember her by sharing her books with you. It is said that she used her own childhood experiences as well as those of her 6 children to inspire her books. If you love children's books and have not seen one of her books, I can highly recommend them.


12 comments:

Ragged Roses said...

Hello Heidi! I'm pleased I found your new home. it's lovely here.
I love looking back at old childrens books they have such a charm and innocence to them, don't they? Thanks for sharing these books with us.
Take care
Kimx

Tracy said...

Heidi, I love children's books. Thanks for sharing about this author. I'll have to look for her books at the library. :)

Regina said...

Dear Heidi,
I love old chidrens book,too.
Old books have for me much more charme as new books.I have all my
chidrens book.
the quilt behind those books looks wonderful.
Have a nice day my friend.
hugs,Regina

Rhonda in OK said...

Heidi
thanks for the recommendation
Baby Gavin is just starting to look at simple board books. I think Elsa's books look perfect for a little country boy.
I just looked on Half.com and they have lots of Elsa's books at reasonable prices.

Nancy said...

I don't remember these books, but I bet you showed them to me. You have soooo many, I can't remember all of them. LOL.
I'll be talking to you soon on skype, if I stay awake. I got up at 4am to take your brother to the airport.
Love you, Mom

Brigitta said...

Hello Heidi,
These books are really pretty, I can see why you love them. Have lots of fun with them sweetie.
Love
Brigitta

Lena said...

I love the stories by Elsa Beskow too. Her pictures is so beautiful =) I like best the stories about Aunt Brown, Aunt Green and Aunt...? I don't know what they're called in English. Have you seen the stories about them on film? When I was a child they were sent on television, and I know it's a clip from it on You Tube that I showed my children once.

Caroline said...

Those books are gorgeous! The pictures remind me a bit of Carl Larsson. I guess that is both the period and the fact that he is Swedish too.
I am ashamed to say that I never heard of Elsa Beskow before, but I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for her books. I can see how you treat yourself to one of them from time to time. Thank you for sharing these with us.
How is your home coming on? Hope that you have been through the worst now.
How is your reading coming on? I have set myself 20 books to read this summer, but fear that I could have been a bit too ambitious. Ah well, not really that much of a problem, see how I will fare...

Take care.

Tracy said...

I loved those books... My sister had her first child last fall, and it's been such fun finding old, classic childrens books for her. Your make a lovely display here, Heidi! Hope you are doing good... :o) ((HUGS))

Elizabethd said...

Found you at last! Such a pretty blog, as usual.
I love old books of any sort, but particularly for childrn. Ella Beskow's are well known tho' I dont have any.

Happy@Home said...

Your new blog is very nice. I am not familiar with these children's books but I do love the illustrations that you have shown. I collect many children's books mainly for the sweet illustrations. I think my favorite is Eloise Wilkin.

I hope you have been feeling well.

Hugs,
Kim

Janneke said...

Hi Heidie,
I found you :)!!! It has been a while ... many things on my mind, a lot of things to do and ooops i was out of my blogging-rythm ! I'll try to keep up now :0
I like the name of your new blog!!
Say hello to Jos and wishing you a nice week !
Hugs, Janneke.