The subject of this site is primarily mystery book reviews but today I’d like to share a seasonal experience that triggered fond memories. Maybe the story will trigger some for you too.
Wandering through Wooster Ohio’s annual Window Wonderland event I stumbled upon a treasure – a time capsule from childhood. The display in the window of Books in Stock, a great used book store featured a collection of Little Golden Books, with the caption “Have a Little Golden Holiday”. I grew up on Little Golden Books and I’m sure many readers of a certain age did also. The adorable stories of kittens and bunnies, as well as the informative ones fed my developing appetite for the written word. I believe Peter Rabbit was my favorite (though close behind are: The Three Little Kittens and The Little Red Hen). My heart pounded in my chest as Peter ran from Mr. MacGregor, and I suffered with him as he retired to bed with chamomile tea, asking my mother for some of the comforting concoction which our local food store didn’t stock, but one I reach for today when I suffer from digestive distress.
As I gazed at the display I wondered if Little Golden Books were still available today. It was disconcerting to learn that in 2015 Random House, which apparently purchased Little Golden Books from Western Publishig in 2001 released the first Little Golden Book in history based upon a film that was rated PG-13 (Star Wars: EpisodeIII -Revenge of the Sith). – A far cry from The Poky Little Puppy, one of the first Little Goldens to be released and the top-selling children’s book of all time. I understand The Poky Little Puppy is still available today though, and that it’s essentially the same as the one printed in 1942.
The Little Golden books were created by Georges Duplaix, who was head of Artists and Writers Guild, Inc., a division of Western Publishing which focused upon developing children’s books. Until the first Little Goldens went to press in1942, Previously, affordable books for youngsters were not readily available. Ownership of the company seems to have changes several times along the way, but I’ll spare those details today.
Readers who grew up with Little Golden Books are invited to share their favorite in the comments section.
Joining Books in Stock in Wishing All a Little Golden Holiday: