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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.

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  1. Daisy says

    oh, i love it! nice one, thanks for sharing.

  2. lishyloo says

    do bee. hee hee

  3. danielle thompson says

    this one is SO amazing! 😀

  4. RocketGirl says

    The phone one totally screams “What’s the story, morning glory? What’s the word, hummingbird?”

  5. thursday says

    I wish I looked that put together when I went grocery shopping. I’m not sure I could handle hauling around giant packs of toilet paper and potatoes in such dainty dresses and heels though. Ahhh, a girl can dream.

    • Alix says

      Dahhhhhlink, that’s exactly what I look like when *I* go grocery shopping!
      😉

  6. Dottie says

    Alix, I’m in love with this book! I have a secret crush on on etiquette books for kids and this one is too button cute for words!

    I don’t know which I like more–the boy dressed as a cowboy out with his mother. Or the dish the little boy is wiping. It’s a TIE for AWESOMENESS!

    I love Alix’s Vintage Book Shelf!

  7. jenny says

    such a great book! i’m loving this new feature!!! i am coo coo crazy for mid century illustrations too and have an ever growing collection of books here at camp freckle. would be more than happy to share some of mine (assuming i have some that you don’t!) on mk sometime!!!

  8. hannah says

    totally delightful! love it-i LOVE it! thanks for sharing!

  9. Veronica says

    What fun! I do love the art work. And “Romper Room”!!! LOVED that show. Boy you bring me back to the days that I would sit in anticipation and wait…And wait… and wait, Because Veronica was never seen through the mirror:( But Loved it just the same.
    Thank you for sharing your book.

    • Alix says

      Veronica, as an Alexandra I feel your pain!!!! She never saw me in the looking glass either!!! haha

  10. Elethea says

    Love this!
    Can’t wait to see other books from your collection 🙂

  11. robin mitchell says

    This brought back a nice memory. Maybe we should still remember to.be a good doo be.

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