Front and back covers of my 1945 copyright edition of Heidi by Joanna Spyri
The Once-Upon-a-Time Bedroom of YoungestSon has recently become the dumping grounds of a large bookcase, books, dishes, and other odds and ends while the renovation of our kitchen happened back in January. It has taken me some time to get back to it with lambing and calving following up the reno, but I've been working in my new space little by little. I repainted the swimming pool blue and gray walls and gave them a neutral macadamia color which is a very quiet, calming color to me. The big bookcase found its new home on one wall and my sewing machine and other things are gradually finding their places in the new space. There is still much organizing to do, but amidst the book weeding, I found my especial copy of Heidi. My mom gave it to me many years ago when she learned we were homeschooling the kids. It was probably the only book she saved from her childhood. In fact, the book was given to her by her mother's best friend in 1948 when my mom was just five years old. Mom gave me the book, complete with her signature, in 1988.
The front and back covers of my Heidi look hand-painted. I'm sure they are not, but it is the most charming cover I think I have ever seen on a childrens book. I love the story and have fond memories of reading it aloud to my Littles. My mom once told me that she thought of naming me Heidi because of the character in this book. It's fun just knowing that she thought about it.
This charming book is illustrated. There are a very few colored pictures scattered within the book. Each individual page has a small picture in the top corners relevant to what is written. Other pages have black and white illustrations like the lambs below.
Do you have a favorite book from your childhood? I don't. In our home, we didn't read, but I am so grateful that my children have lots of favorite books they remember. Please share your favorites. Are you saving special books for your grandchildren-to-be? Please share those too.