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Kiddo Bookshelf :: The Big Book of 60s Fairytales

Well hello! It’s time for another visit to the Vintage Bookshelf. Today’s is especially appropriate because Dottie and I are Guest Curator’s over on ETSY today! I have to tell ya it was so much fun. We used vintage kid’s books as our inspiration and the collections are really playful, if I do say so myself! Oh and HELLLLLO Etsy peeps, if you found us via our post! We’re so glad to have you stop by!

OK, back to our featured illustrator. I’ve already showed you one of my favorite Art Seiden books (The Romper Room Book of Manners, doncha know) and this one is equally as fabulous—but the characters are a little less “young” in style. Less rounded. A little more classic storybook. Which is very appropriate, seeing as this is a book of fairytales! Take a look:

All aboard the S.S. Fairyland! Incredibly cute….

I’ve always been amused by Puss in Boots (long before Shrek, of course) and this little guy doesn’t disappoint.

The story is integrated into the image, which makes for a lovely experience.

Talk about dainty footies!

So there you have it! Don’t forget to stop by Etsy today to check out the Modern Kiddo Guest Curator column….I have one more post for today, so I’ll see ya’ll this afternoon!


Vintage Book Shelf :: Romper Room Book of Manners

It’s time to browse my book shelves again! Art Seiden is one of my tippy top favorite children’s book illustrators. This book is a Wonder Book from 1960 entitled “The Romper Room Do Bee Book of Manners.” For all you younguns, Romper Room was a kid’s show that ran from the 50s thru the mid 80s. This book is so dang cute. It teaches preschoolers good manners (“Do bee polite and helpful!”) but it’s Art Seiden’s illustrations that are really the tops!

How awesome are the little boy’s clothes?? The stripey shirt…the groovy lil bow tie. I also love his little stance…check him out on the phone and then lifting that crazy strong man barbell!! Loooove it.

Mama is fetching too in her sweet dressies.

I love that the Do Bee is *so* cheerful and happy, even when he’s lifting bar bells in a ski sweater! Here’s to always being a Do Bee and never a grouchy ol Don’t Bee!

Images: My copy of The Romper Room Do Bee Book of Manners by Nancy Claster. Pictures by Art Seiden. 1960.