Thursday, December 11, 2008
Part of the fun of Christmas in our house is getting to read all our holiday favorites. My husband and I have been lucky enough to still have a few of the books from when we were children. One of his comes out every December and we all enjoy the story.
“A Little Cowboy’s Christmas,” published in 1951 by Wonder Books (a division of Grosset and Dunlap that no longer exists) is a sweet story of a father’s desperate search on Christmas Eve for a rocking horse for his son. The kids laugh at the 39¢ price on the cover. And while a lot of Wonder Books have become collectibles, ours isn’t in great shape. It would probably still sell for 39¢ today!
Not that we’d sell it. For us that book is worth so much more. Pulling it down from the shelf every year is like unwrapping a Christmas ornament and remembering how much you've enjoyed seeing it hang on the tree year after year. It just wouldn't be Christmas without it.
Isn't the vintage artwork great? And notice something else about the cover? The author and illustrator aren't even mentioned! You have to open the book to find out who did the work. I wonder how much they got paid back then for this type of book? It's interesting to see how things change over time.
What are some of the Christmas favorites in your home?