Once Upon a Story
December 19, 2012

Once Thanksgiving is over, I pull out the basket of holiday books.  These books only come out for a short time this year, and we read through them from the beginning of December till about mid-January.

But there are two books that I have not yet shared with my little darlings.  Stories that they’re familiar with, and would enjoy, but that I just don’t trust to put into their careless little hands.

The first is a Golden Book copy of Frosty The SnowmanThis book was printed in 1981, but contains the original 1950s illustrations.  The binding is torn, evidence that it was well-loved by other careless little hands.  My name is printed on the inside cover in my elementary-era handwriting.  It even has that “old book” smell.

The other is a 1980 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Golden Shape Book.  It’s paperback, frayed…and marked for sale at $.59.

I can’t even find copies online, with the exception of Ebay (see Rudolph link).  The closest I can find to my copy of Frosty is here, but my version is actually physically larger.  And when I type in the ISBN number, I get a completely different book entirely.

Which makes these books even more precious, and makes me want to hold them a little closer.

Yet another part of me says that these books are meant to be shared.

So maybe I will.

Under very close supervision.


Do you have any childhood books that you’ve kept from your own children?  Do you have any that you share, but with trepidation? 


One Response to “Rag-Tag Christmas Treasures”

  1. I have an old copy of mother goose nursery rhymes that I loved as a child. I found a copy at a yard sale and bought it since mine was at my mom’s house but the kids don’t like it as much as I did.

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