Saturday, August 9, 2014

Vintage.....aged perfectly

Vintage Time 

Well, if you are talking about wines, of course, vintage means one thing; but if you're talking about books, it means quite another.  Adults can blend the two and voilá a perfect night of reading.  For a book to be deemed vintage or "classic", the book has to be published at least 40 years ago.  A Classic book according to Wikipedia is a book accepted as being exemplary or noteworthy, either through an imprimatur such as being listed in any of the Western canons or through a reader's own personal opinion.  In 1980 Italo Calvino said in his essay "Why Read the Classics?" that a 'classic' is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say."  I like that definition.  I feel so often we highlight the new books being published (and we should) but we must never neglect or omit highlighting the "golden oldies."  They are rich in content and beautiful in illustration and our children must have a sense of the history and ever-evolving picture book's journey.  I am going to give you ten vintage books you can search up and share with your kids.  Every once in a while I will add to this Vintage Book list and hopefully inspire you to expose your child to a "new" read for them while you enjoy the nostalgia of a re-visit.  Here is to-day's list:

Vintage Books to check out:  Part 1

* From the Mixed-Up  Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - author E. L. Konigsburg

*The Runaway Bunny - Margaret Wise Brown

* Eloise - Kay Thompson

* The Story of Babar - Jean de Brunoff

* The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner

* Frog and Toad - Arnold Lobil

* The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter

*The Borrowers - Mary Norton

* The Secret Garden - Frances Hadgson Burnett

* Amelia Bedelia - Peggy Parish

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.  Read on and read always. (And please include a classic in your reading!

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