If you’re a child, you might remember the times when books were golden. You could read about the Poky Little Puppy, Uncle Mistletoe, and Doctor Dan the Bandage Man. You may have also heard of the Saggy Baggy Elephant. These classics helped make childhoods special for many children, and they still have a place in many children’s books today.
Poky Little Puppy
The Poky Little Puppy was one of the first Little Golden Books and became a favorite for young readers. The book was written by Janette Sebring Lowrey and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren. Published in 1942, it was one of the first twelve Little Golden Books published by Simon & Schuster. Its copyright was renewed in October 1969.
The story begins with five puppies digging a hole under the fence. One is slow, but the other four are fast. The slow puppy has been held back by the punishment. But the four fast puppies sneak out to get some dessert. After being caught, the other puppies learn their lesson. They sneak back into the house after their mother has gone to bed.
Before the World War II, it was expensive to buy large-format books for young children. However, THE POKY LITTLE PUPPY changed the way families read in the United States, and put reading in the hands of children. While it did not mention the global conflict that was raging in the world, it did contain an advertisement for war-saving stamps on the rear flap and jacket.
The first line of “When books were golden” evokes a romanticised and nostalgic view of books. It also introduces the subordinate clause, “In those days…” The second line suggests that today’s students lack creativity. It hints at the author’s view that a book’s power is its ability to light the reader’s mind and heart.
After World War II, publishers Simon & Schuster partnered with Wisconsin-based Western Publishing to create a line of affordable children’s books. These Little Golden Books were colorful and sold for 25 cents each. They were sold in supermarkets and department stores, where they were easily accessible to young readers. The Little Golden Books quickly became the best-selling children’s books of the 20th century.
The first Golden Books were produced in 1942 and were designed with children’s interests in mind. The price was inexpensive and the books often prompted young readers to make their own books. Children could color the pages and even write on them. They could even create their own book, allowing it to be truly unique and individualized.
Doctor Dan the Bandage Man
In 1950, the Little Golden Books series introduced Doctor Dan the Bandage Man, an enchanting book that’s still as popular today as it was when it was first published. This book was written by Helen Gaspard and illustrated by Corinne Malvern. It was a joint venture between Little Golden Books and Johnson & Johnson, and it became a beloved classic for children.
The book was so popular that Random House published it in 1.75 million copies, which was the largest first printing of any Little Golden Book. It is still available and is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum, which considers it a vital part of American culture.
Originally published in 1950, this story follows a young boy named Dan, who gets scratched on his finger while playing with his friends. His mother cleans the scratch and applies a bandage, and Dan begins to feel better. Later, he applies his first aid skills to bandage imaginary wounds on the toys he plays with.
The Saggy Baggy Elephant
This classic picture book about an elephant is a Little Golden Book. It was published in 1947. It is a timeless classic, and it still is beloved by parents today. If you are looking for an easy-to-read, entertaining book that will make your child giggle and laugh, look no further than The Saggy Baggy Elephant.