Vintage Children’s Book: Selections From a Child’s Garden of Verses

I love children’s books and have a small collection of my childhood favorites and some newer ones (to me) that I discovered as an adult, including some picture books.  I love vintage artwork, and some of the best ones are found in old children’s books.  A great example of this is found in this Golden Book edition of Selections From a Child’s Garden of Verses:

A Child's Garden of Verses book 1

I discovered it after seeing a photo in the latest issue of Mollie Makes magazine – read about it here – in which an artist was featured holding a copy of this book as her inspiration.  I immediately looked for a copy of it online and found one on eBay.  What attracted me to this book are the beautiful illustrations by Virginia Tiffany, all done in embroidery.

A Child's Garden of Verses book 2

A Child's Garden of Verses book 3

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A Child's Garden of Verses book 6

They look very childlike, as if a little girl or boy drew the pictures, and the artist copied them with her thread and needle.

There’s a stanza in one of the verses, “Foreign Lands,” that says:

To where the roads on either hand
Lead onward into fairyland,
Where all the children dine at five,
And all the playthings come alive.

My favorite lines in the whole book because they sound so enchanting, especially that last one.  Given my penchant for playing with stuffed animals, it definitely resonates with me.  I could envision a children’s picture book with the title, Where All the Playthings Come Alive.  That would make a cool title, I think.

If no one writes it, maybe I’ll have to.  Something for my bucket list :0)

Do you have any fond memories of children’s picture books from your childhood?  Made any recent discoveries as an adult?  Please share in the comments.

About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose - to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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6 Responses to Vintage Children’s Book: Selections From a Child’s Garden of Verses

  1. Cynthia September 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    I loved this book as a child. I had a copy and I kept it well until I was in my 40’s. Then I had too much stuff and had to pare down. Not sure this one should have gone!

    • Serena September 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

      Oh, wow, you had a copy? Hope this post brought back some nice memories for you :0)

  2. Linda Bridgewater August 26, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    I would love to have a copy of a book about a boy named Stuffy Dean, who flew “way up in the blue”. My sister brought it home when she was in the first or second grade-1947 or 1948 from school or local public library. I was 4 or 5 years old. I just enjoyed it so much.

    • Serena Y Lee August 30, 2015 at 2:41 am #

      Aren’t the books we remember from our childhood the best? I guess it’s because we associate them with a simpler, and hopefully, happier, time in our lives. Thanks for stopping by :0)

  3. Mark G. Mazza December 3, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

    Have you ever found the book about Stuffy Dean. Over Thanksgiving (2017) the ’50’s generation talked about Stuffy Dean being read to us in Kindergarten. What was the actual title? Who was the author? I can’t find anything anywhere about theStuffy Dean story, that still made us laugh over sixty years later.

    • Serena Y Lee December 10, 2017 at 10:24 pm #

      I have never heard of Stuffy Dean! It was definitely before my time. Have you tried a Google search, or even an Amazon search?

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