family life

16485 Stevie, John Steptoe 1965

Stevie, John Steptoe.1965, 1st. Artist's first book at 19.

The first book by a brilliant young painter, beautifully illustrated in heavy black line and glowing colour, and told in a softened version of NYC African American dialect. Steptoe's was a new voice in children's books at the time. Note: This book has been SOLD.



The Pavilion by Elfrida Vipont. Holt Rinehart Winston. 1970, 1st printing.

The Pavilion.

How the Haverard family becomes aware of the beauty of the old music pavilion nearby, and tries to save it from developers.



Castle Blair. Shaw/Varian. Roberts Brothers, 1885/ 1878.

Castle Blair, a story of youthful days.

A large unruly family in an Irish castle and their run-ins with the estate agent, based on the author's own childhood. Well ahead of its time in the breadth of its setting, this book remained popular into the 20th century. Flora Shaw (1852 - 1929) became a very well known international journalist. A funny book that is still a delight to read..  (Note the review of Treasure Island, first appearing as a book in 1883, in the catalogue.)



Camping Spree of Kiddies Three, Dods/Margaret Evans Price,ill Stecher (1916)

The Camping Spree of Kiddies Three.

A resolutely cheerful poem about family camping, quite fun, with sweet pictures in lovely colours.



The Family Under the Moon.

The Family Under the Moon.

The loving thoughts of a family of three generations under the moonlight, with soft, poetic watercolour illustrations in dark blues, blacks, and pale yellows.



22575 May Morning Miller

May Morning.

A family of happy children drop in on their old nurse bringing flowers and song. Through the curiousity of the youngest, they learn that the nurse's husband took so long returning from the war because he was stranded on a cannibal island. Graphic descriptions! A note on this long section tells us that it is adapted from "Four month's residence in a valley of the Marquesas" which you will recognize as Meville's Typee (1846)  Though this book was given as a Reward of Merit, one wonders, given its unladylike plot and pristine pages, if Jessie's parents hid it away.

Mary Robson of Newcastle, a writer of worthwhile books, married Thomas Hughes, emigrated to Philadelphia, and founded a school, well regarded  thanks to the fame of her books which preceded her. She taught until 1839, then retired to a farm in Bucks County, continuing to write for children, Her familiarity with them shines, in places, in this book.





21919 Willie, Rose, and Kate, chapbook.

Willie, Rose, and Kate.

A pretty little chapbook with characters dressed in the styles of the early 19c, but with late 19th c child rearing practices (and simplified mob-caps)!

When Lucy comes back very late after supper after a day playing in the fields, "You promised me, dear child, that you would not be long, And yet you stayed quite late/ You know 'twas very wrong."

These little books were sold in packets to be used as school reward books and little children's hospital presents and this title was also #7 of the Halfpenny Reward Books packet. 



20755 Blackberry's Kitten Lettice Cooper/ Mary Shillabeer

Blackberry's Kitten.

A pleasant view of an English small town in the 60's as Jane tries her very best to place her kitten in a good home. The next door neighbor doesn't like cats, or children. Nice cat drawings similar to Newberry.



21583 Babar at Home by de Brunhoff (UK)

Babar at Home. (Babar and His Children).

The tender story of Babar en famille, edited and colorized after de Brunhoff's death by his brother Michel, making, an interesting comparison with the Daily Sketch strips. Translator unattributed, but with small differences from the US Merle Haas Babar and His Children.



19602 A Houseful of Children by Sanford

A Houseful of Children.

A leisurely story about a family of seven children who live in a rambling village house. A very pretty book.



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