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Reads tagged with “vintage children’s books”

Lisbeth Zwerger’s Rare and Soulful 1984 Illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s “The Selfish Giant”
Lisbeth Zwerger’s Rare and Soulful 1984 Illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s “The Selfish Giant”

A bittersweet tale of transformation and self-transcendence through a single act of kindness.

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Carson McCullers’s Little-Known 1964 Illustrated Children’s Book
Carson McCullers’s Little-Known 1964 Illustrated Children’s Book

Refreshingly direct verses with a strong existential bend and an undercurrent of science and astronomy.

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Upside Down Day: Rare and Wonderful Vintage Children’s Book by the Head of NASA’s Public Affairs Office
Upside Down Day: Rare and Wonderful Vintage Children’s Book by the Head of NASA’s Public Affairs Office

An ode to those times when everything seems backwards.

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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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Blast Off: Visionary Vintage Children’s Book Celebrates Equality, Diversity, and Space Exploration
Blast Off: Visionary Vintage Children’s Book Celebrates Equality, Diversity, and Space Exploration

“The blackness of space was dotted with stars.”

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Lisbeth Zwerger’s Imaginative Illustrations for <em>Alice in Wonderland</em>
Lisbeth Zwerger’s Imaginative Illustrations for Alice in Wonderland

“Lay it where Childhood’s dreams are twined…”

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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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