Remember Golden Books? You know, the ones with the gold binding that you ordered through Scholastic every month when you were a kid? I'll just let you take a moment to let the nostalgia set it in (cry a happy tear, if you must).
Well, I have recently become obsessed with finding Disney ones, more specifically the old ones. There is something very "Mary Blair"-esque about the artwork in those books, and I just want them all!
I mean, for my kids, obviously...yeah, that's it!
Patrick and I had an impromptu date a couple of weeks ago. We had no idea what to do with ourselves (this is what the 30's look like, folks), so we chose to visit a bookstore. Man, I love bookstores. I hate that so many have closed down in recent years because I could spend hours there. I guess I can go to a library, but there's just something about bookstores, their displays, and the fresh smell of new covers and pages that a library just can't deliver. I hope our kids could learn to appreciate these details as well. Plus, it's a pretty great place for a date. ;)
We came across the collection of Golden Books, and my childhood memories just smacked me in the face. I was all over them and was already imagining myself reading them to baby Louie. I'm sure the Brodster would love reading them too. However, it was mostly the newer stories, like Tangled and Frozen. Many of them had spun off the films, like Cars and Planes, but I'm all about the original movies. I was glad to see Wreck-It Ralph and even Big Hero 6 available, but where's Peter Pan, Dumbo, and Pinocchio?
"They probably sold out," I told myself. "They're so awesome, how could they stay on the shelves?" Of course, that must be it. So I searched the web for the classics. Thankfully, most are pretty easy to find, but some require a little more searching (The Sword in the Stone is $20 everywhere!!! I have yet to find Robin Hood or Peter and the Wolf). They are also available in collections, but I'm more partial to the ones with their own cover art. That's the best part!
Now, there is a huge book about the artwork and I totally want that for myself - no sticky kid hands allowed!
Which Disney story is a must have for you?
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