Old books are so intriguing to me. Recently, my dad gave me two books.
Old books ~ Treasures from the Past
He found them in some boxes in the attic. They were books given to him and his younger brother, Randall, in 1946 for Christmas.
My father had three brothers and four sisters and came from humble beginnings, to put it mildly.
They didn’t have a lot, but they were raised with love. However, the value of reading is clear…as the books are still in great shape 68 years later.
They are amazing little books. The illustrations and themes have survived the test of time and I want to share my treasures with you.
In 1946, Daddy would have been 6 and Uncle Randall would have been 4.
Old Books ~ Daddy’s Book
Daddy’s book still has the cover.
It’s made of a heavy card stock with children (as you can see above). He has the story of “NO-GOOD, The Dancing Donkey.”
It’s a classic tale of someone (or something) that seemingly has no value, but proves to be valuable in the end.
Daddy had donkeys on their farm, so this could have influenced the book selection.
It’s a sweet story. Although the copyright is 1944, the story could be read and appreciated today.
Old Books ~ Uncle Randall’s Book
Uncle Randall’s book doesn’t have the cover.
It has two title pages…one with just the title.
On this page, someone, probably my grandmother, wrote “Randall Xmas 1946.”
What an extra bonus to have a recording of her handwriting.
This is the story of Noah’s Ark.
My father’s family was faithful and regularly attended Deep Creek United Methodist Church, here in Chesapeake.
It isn’t surprising a tale of animals surrounding a bible story would be a book choice, as well. It’s a rhyming book with the animals on the ark.
The illustrations are alternating pencil sketches and full color paintings.
Keeping Books in the Family
I’m the proud owner of the books now.
I think I’ll frame them for my office.
Thanks for the books, Daddy.