Monday, July 13, 2009

IT'S STORY TIME! I See the Sea...Vintage book

Vintage books hold a special appeal to me. Notice the discounted retail from 29 cents down to 23 cents! A new book for less than a quarter!

This one in particular stands out because of the subject matter, the colors used, and the sweet summertime theme: the beach and the wonders of the sea and the seashore. It's written By Ann McGovern and the wonderful illustrations are by Ruth Wood; Copyright 1961.

Something like this would make a wonderful birthday card for a friend who loves vintage books. They can be picked up so reasonably at yard sales and thrift stores and if you can find them, they will become a treasure to you. (I found this on eBay and bought it with a group of others: a church had cleaned out their basement and was selling the old children's' books in lots.) You could write a birthday wish on a post-it and stick it inside the front cover and then she'd have something to keep that's better than a $3 greeting card from the store!

Enjoy the little girl and her outfits and astonishingly, she was completely alone at the beach during the whole story. (GULP!)

(Click on any photo to enlarge.)



~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That is just the sweetest book ever! Should I send you my birthday? heehee! I love to find children's books...especially books like this. I was 11 when this was written so I might have read it! Love the illustrations! Great find!

Anonymous said...

oh my, i love that! the colors and pics are so sweet!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

This has nothing to do with your post sorry - but I just scrolled your entire sidebar for the first time in a long time and...WOW! It is PACKED with goodies! Very nice job!

morninglorycottage said...

I love vintage books. I have quite a few myself. I can't seem to resist them. Ann McGovern is a wonderful author and wrote several other books as well. You should check her out if you like older books.
Hope your week is good!!!

KathyB. said...

I remember owning this book! Blast from the past as I read on down and the pictures were like old friends! Nice post.

Bloggin bout my Boys said...

Hey Joni, How funny you are about the girl being alone I would have thought the same thing!!! Protective Mommies of the world unite HAHA!!Shows the innocence of that time SIGH. I found an Anne of Green Gables 1971 edition I will take a few pix and send them it is a treasure and was even signed by the school teacher who bought it and of course she had perfect cursive!! Great post as always!!

blushing rose said...

Love the art & vintage book tales .. I remember this well. TY for sharing. TTFN ~Marydon

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I know! I would never let my kid go to the beach by herself but in those days kids used to roam all day and just be fine!

I love vintage books, especially children's books. The artwork is always so sweet!


Simple Home said...

I love vintage books too, and as I started looking at this one, I remember having it as a child. I grew up near the beach, so maybe that's why I remember it better than some. Thanks for the memories!

Anonymous said...

I found it...the little book of my childhood, living on a ranch all my life in the GREAT state of Oklahoma, now in Florida, the little book kept popping in my mind, I kept looking and looking and your blog was the link. WE all must be soul mates, thank you so...DEB