Were some of the first books on your bookshelves, like mine, Little Golden Books? In my early childhood days, they sold for just 25 cents…although the price started going up- in 1962, it was raised to 29 cents. Now the books are around $3.99- still a bargain! Today I got a copy of Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow. Of course, the first thing I did was open it to write my name inside the cover where it says “This Little Golden Book belongs to _________.” Then I took a trip down memory lane, revisiting old friends like the Poky Little Puppy, the Tawny Scrawny Lion, and the Shy Little Kitten and coming across some friends I didn’t remember meeting like Pantaloon and the Sailor Dog. They are all here in this book to give humorous and practical life advice. And as you turn the pages, you will realize how many great children’s authors you probably first met in the pages of Little Golden Books. Your heart will be warmed by some of the sweet recommendations, such as “frolic,” “stargaze,” and “stroll.” Even the admonitions are gentle- “Look up… and savor the seasons as they roll around.” There is some sage advice, “Work hard” and “Play hard”-and encouragement, “Believe…that your ship will come in. As long as you do, your life is bound to be Golden!”
If you, like me, first knew these books in your mom’s voice, then your own “I can read it myself” voice… if you later read them to siblings, then to the kids you baby sat… and eventually your own children, and grandchildren, too, you will enjoy this Golden Book. Look for it here.