Friday, July 11, 2014

The Busy Busy World of Richard Scarry

I found The Busy Busy World of Richard Scarry at the library recently - what a cool book!  
The pictures I've included here are of books of Scarry's that I had not seen before.  As many of you know, Richard Scarry's work is very extensive!  I really wish I could buy some vintage Busytown toys - they have a lot of cute stuff on Etsy and Ebay - but it is always so expensive when you include the shipping costs.  Isn't it so fun to see the covers of Richard Scarry's books in other languages?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Vintage Comic Book - Marvel Special Edition - Star Wars

A first for my blog - a vintage comic book!  This one is my husband's- from 1978!  He was and is a big Star Wars fan. He was a big comic book fan too and still has a lot of his comic books. I never saw the Star Wars movies as a kid but I do remember watching the tv cartoon spin-off called Droids - watch the clip here.  I also love this clip of C3PO and R2D2 visiting Sesame Street.  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Disney's Robin Hood

Happy Blog-i-versary to me!  This month makes 2 years of blogging!  I love writing this blog and sharing fun things with my readers!
Disney's version of Robin Hood is one of my favourite childhood movies.  So when I saw this book-on-tape at a book sale a few weeks ago I snapped it up.  (Don't get in my way when I'm at a used book sale, man.  I'm on a mission!  Haha!)  I saw that Robin Hood is on Netflix now so I want to watch it soon with my daughters.  It's such a cute movie and the songs are catchy.  Recently my 7 year old and I were talking about something or other and it came up that she didn't know what a cassette tape is.  She thought it was a VHS tape (probably should be impressed she even knows what that is!).  But then when I showed her a cassette tape later she did remember seeing one before.  Wow, I guess they are archaic now!  I remember as a kid I would listen to books on tape on my headphones as I was lying in bed before going to sleep.  Or when I got a bit older I would listen to songs that were taped off the radio.  Remember trying to quickly tape a song off the radio when it came on?  You would sit there and listen until it came on just so you could hear your favourite?  

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Mr. Men/Little Miss - Little Miss Sunshine Comic Book

I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with the Mr. Men and Little Miss books by Roger Hargreaves.  The first few of these books were published in 1971.  Check out this adorable comic book of Little Miss Sunshine - Here Comes the Sun.  So fun!  And have a look at the official website. for the cutest t-shirts and pajama sets as well as other merchandise.

Monday, May 26, 2014

This is Australia - Miroslav Sasek

Miroslav Sasek was born in the Czech Republic and wrote and illustrated the This Is series of children's books, including This is London, This is Paris, This is New York, This is Rome, This is San Francisco, This is Greece, This is the Way to the Moon, many more, and featured here, This is Australia.  Isn't that cover just the coolest?!  I have only done travelling in Canada and the United States and would like to visit more countries one day.  My parents had a great trip to Australia years ago.  When I was teaching my grade 2 class we always studied a unit about Australia every year and had a lot of fun with it.  We would have an Australian Christmas party and I played songs about Australia on my guitar and we dressed as if it was warm weather and ate pavlova, it was great.

Check out this YouTube footage of This is Israel.  2 of my good friends just got back from a cruise to the Holy Land, very interesting to hear what it was like there!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Pippi Longstocking Comics

Get ready to be wowed!  How much do you love these comic-style Pippi books?!  Here we have Pippi Moves In and Pippi Fixes Everything.  They were illustrated by Ingrid Vang Nyman in the 1950's.  I was so excited to buy these re-issues for my daughter!  Apparently there will be one more volume to come!  It is the first time they have been published in English.  These stories were originally published in Sweden's Humpty Dumpty magazine about a decade after the original books were published.

My daughter Keira and I have been enjoying reading all the Pippi books together as well as these comic books.  We have also watched the Swedish movies subtitled in English as well as The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, from the 80's, and a newer cartoon version on dvd that she got for Easter as well.  Pippi is the best!

Sometimes when I read Pippi I like to think of my Swedish great-grandmother.  I was lucky enough to have her around til I was a young adult, and she was 94 years old when she passed away.   She had some similarities to Pippi - Swedish, lived in an old house by herself, and had a bit of a mischievous streak.  :) Like Pippi, she was also very independent. She immigrated to Canada from Sweden all by herself when she was a young woman!  Who did that back then??  Very brave!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Sesame Street Treasury

Check out this awesome compilation of vintage Sesame Street stories. Look who's here- Farley!  Betty Lou!  Super Grover!  Snuffy and his little sister Alice!  Check out this page I found - 10 Things You Didn't Know About Snuffleupagus.