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In 1955 my mother bought a book, The Illustrated Treasury of Children's Literature. Every night a story was read to me from this collection. My mother could never read through The Little Match Girl without crying. Through this book I was introduced to great writers, poets and illustrators. I remember those days with great fondness.

Years later I had a little girl and asked my mother if we still had my favorite book. She explained it had water damage and was thrown away. I was so disappointed. I looked for the book in book stores, but it was out of print. Every chance I got I looked in the used book stores, but never found it. I searched the library with no success. Several years later while browsing a book store, I noticed this large book with a yellow cover. The Illustrated Treasury of Children's Literature had been reprinted after more than 30 years. I grabed the book and ran up to…

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In 1955 my mother bought a book, The Illustrated Treasury of Children's Literature. Every night a story was read to me from this collection. My mother could never read through The Little Match Girl without crying. Through this book I was introduced to great writers, poets and illustrators. I remember those days with great fondness.

Years later I had a little girl and asked my mother if we still had my favorite book. She explained it had water damage and was thrown away. I was so disappointed. I looked for the book in book stores, but it was out of print. Every chance I got I looked in the used book stores, but never found it. I searched the library with no success. Several years later while browsing a book store, I noticed this large book with a yellow cover. The Illustrated Treasury of Children's Literature had been reprinted after more than 30 years. I grabed the book and ran up to the counter like a kid in a candy store. Every night I read to my daughter. She picked the story or poem. As she grew older she read with me and together we recited many poems and limricks. Her favorites were Over In The Meadow and The Goops. On Christmas Eve I would read The Night Before Christmas from that big yellow book. Like my mother, I too could never read through The Little Match Girl without crying.

I tell you this story because it is the inspiration behind this site. As I grew older I often bought books on children's illustration. I loved the work of Kate Greenway and Walter Crane, just to name two. I began to purchase first editions of these late 19th and early 20th century books when I could. Many of the books and their illustrations have been reprinted over the years, but many illustrations have not been seen in over a century. As the books sat on my shelves I decided to find a way to share them. The books are for the young and the old. This is an opportunity to introduce the illustrations of Jessie Wilcox-Smith or Clara Burd to the young or perhaps bring back happy memories for yourself.


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-- Julie

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