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Reads tagged with “vintage children’s books”

Mr. Bliss: Tolkien’s Little-Known Children’s Book for His Own Kids, Lovingly Handwritten and Illustrated by the Author Himself
Mr. Bliss: Tolkien’s Little-Known Children’s Book for His Own Kids, Lovingly Handwritten and Illustrated by the Author Himself

“‘What color?’ said Mr. Binks. ‘Bright yellow,’ said Mr. Bliss, ‘inside and out.'”

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The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My: Tove Jansson’s Playful and Philosophical Vintage Masterpiece
The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My: Tove Jansson’s Playful and Philosophical Vintage Masterpiece

The gloriously illustrated story of an errand turned adventure turned existential parable.

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David Hockney Illustrates the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
David Hockney Illustrates the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

The beauty of ugly and the whimsy of negative space.

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Let’s Be Enemies: A Vintage Maurice Sendak Treasure
Let’s Be Enemies: A Vintage Maurice Sendak Treasure

A delightful lesson in reverse psychology from the greatest children’s illustrator of all time.

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I’m Glad I’m a Boy! I’m Glad I’m a Girl! A Vintage Parody of Gender Inequality
I’m Glad I’m a Boy! I’m Glad I’m a Girl! A Vintage Parody of Gender Inequality

“Boys fix things. Girls need things fixed.”

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I Can Fly: A Heartening Vintage Gem by Ruth Krauss, with Illustrations by Celebrated Disney Artist Mary Blair
I Can Fly: A Heartening Vintage Gem by Ruth Krauss, with Illustrations by Celebrated Disney Artist Mary Blair

Simple verses with a thoughtful message.

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The Hating Book: An Illustrated Vintage Parable About What Every Friendship Needs
The Hating Book: An Illustrated Vintage Parable About What Every Friendship Needs

“You’re ugly and dumb. Being with you was never fun.”

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Original Watercolors for “The Little Prince”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Original Watercolors for “The Little Prince”

“The Little Prince will shine upon children with a sidewise gleam. It will strike them in some place that is not the mind and glow there until the time comes for them to comprehend it.”

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Sir Quentin Blake’s Quirky Illustrated Alphabet Book
Sir Quentin Blake’s Quirky Illustrated Alphabet Book

“A is for apples, some green and some red, B is for breakfast we’re having in bed.”

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Weight and Weightlessness: The Science of Life in Space, in Charming Vintage Illustrations
Weight and Weightlessness: The Science of Life in Space, in Charming Vintage Illustrations

An impossibly lovely primer on how gravity works and why we don’t fall to the center of the earth daily.

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