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Favorite Picture Books from Childhood

A LITTLE HOUSE OF YOUR OWN (Harcourt Brace and Co.) by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers and with drawings by Irene Haas was one of my favorites. I was a child who loved to find my own cozy nook or hideaway to read in, and all the ideas triggered by this book gave both my brother and me endless hours of fun.

I was also a girl who loved horses, saved my allowance for horseback riding lessons, collected china horse figurines, and spent hours galloping around on my imaginary horse, Salute. So, it's no surprise that THE LITTLE FELLOW (The John Winston Company) written by Marguerite Henry and illustrated by Diana Thorne was another favorite. Of course I went on to enjoy all of Marguerite Henry's books.

A new bedtime favorite of my grandchildren's (and mine) is ONE WOLF HOWLS (Sylvan Dell Publishing) written by Scotti Cohn and illustrated by my good friend, Susan Detwiler. It's a wonderful concept book for not only learning about wolves and their habitats, but also counting and learning the seasons and months of the year. A favorite page for finding and counting all the wolves is for September:

"Nine wolves hide on September hilltops-
shy ones, sly ones, no one sees.
Nine wolves hide on September hilltops
deep in the woods in the falling leaves."


Christy said...

Edie, these books all look charming as well as inspiring. I am chuckling at the thought of you galloping around the house, because, of course I only know you as an adult. ;-) Neigh! Neigh!

I'm so pleased you introduced me to Susan Detwiler and her beautiful work last winter at the SCBWI conference. I can see why that book is a favorite.

Edie Hemingway said...

One Wolf Howls just won a "Blue Crab" Honor in Maryland! Susan is overjoyed and I'm cheering for it, too! And, yes, I galloped everywhere. :>)

Lauren said...

Edie, what wonderful books. I would have loved them all as a child too. Making houses was a favorite of mine and my children-- forts and shelters of all kinds in all seasons.
It is fun to have these insights into our pasts through the inspiration of picture books.
Thank you too for the introduction One Wolf Howls. Congratulations to Susan!

Stephanie said...

Misty of Chincoteague was one of my ABSOLUTE favorites:)

Diane Adams said...

I'm ordering One Wolf Howls today. I love the cover, and the concept. For some reason I am intrigued by wolves, perhaps because their relatives (coyotes), travel to and fro behind my house every morning. Congratulations to your friend on her award!

betsy woods said...

I am not familiar with this book, but I will be. Thanks . . .