I happened upon the first volume ABC, GO! while in an antique shop during our Wyoming trip. Besides nursery rhymes and poems, it has a great selection of folk tales and stories, and the illustrations are awesome. While reading the introduction, I found myself salivating and knew I had to have the whole collection.
|Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar|
The librarian-editors of Collier's Junior Classics have combed the best children's books of the past and present to assemble in a single series a sampling of the finest literature for boys and girls. High standards have been maintained for the art work also, which in most instances has been taken from the original book. No attempt has been made to cover all fields of knowledge or to include factual material for its own sake. The emphasis here is on good literature, chiefly fiction and biography, folk lore and legend, and some poetry. Special attention is given to the American scene and American democratic ideals, but many selections cover other cultures, geographical areas, and historical periods.
|Billy and Blaze|
|The Box with Red Wheels|
The particular copy of the first volume I found (which has been "lovingly compiled for the youngest") was printed in 1962. But from what I can gather, there was an earlier publishing sometime in the 30s.
|Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night|
Sailed off in a wooden shoe--
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.
|The Three Bears|
|Little Red Riding Hood|
So far I have loved every minute of reading from this book aloud, and my audience members seem to agree. It's become a big deal when I pull this book from the shelf. The other books seem to be geared to a slightly older audience, but my little seedlings will grow. Until then, I think I will be enjoying them myself.
|Wasn't that a dainty dish|
To set before the king?
|Doesn't that look like such a fun place to live? I would love to ride on the back of a bird or sway with the wind on the stalk of a dandelion.|