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[BHE 249] New Home For A Well-Loved and Thoughtfully Curated Collection

Myra here.

Every Sunday, we share the books that managed to find their way into our hands and our bookshelves. This week is extra special as I share the collection of a librarian friend who is leaving Singapore and is downsizing her thoughtfully selected children’s book titles that she has gathered together over a number of years. Think of a well-preserved, gently-used, brilliantly-curated library that is simply looking for a new home. Naturally, I grabbed a suitcase and headed over to her place, with the promise of getting all the other titles at a later date to ship to my old school in the Philippines for our 25th year Homecoming Project – which is to rebuild the library of Colegio De Sta. Rosa, Intramuros Manila.

So here is my book loot.

Well-Loved Collection – My Adopted Books


Anatole And The Cat by Eve Titus and pictures by Paul Galdone, Anatole and the Piano by Eve Titus and pictures by Paul Galdone, Anatole by Eve Titus and pictures by Paul Galdone.


Dick Whittington And His Cat by Marcia Brown, The Rabbits’ Wedding by Garth Williams.


Anno’s Hat Tricks by Mitsumasa Anno and Akihiro Nozaki, The Journey: Japanese Americans Racism and Renewal with painting and text by Sheila Hamanaka.


The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell and Jim Harris, The Princess In The Kitchen Garden by Annemie and Margriet Heymans.


The Dragons Are Singing Tonight by Jack Prelutsky and Peter Sis, A Visit To William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent And Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard and illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen.


The Poems Of Henry Lawson with paintings by Ninon Phillips, Color Dance by Ann Jonas.


Pigs Aplenty Pigs Galore! by David McPhail, Old Blue: The Rarest Bird In The World by Mary Taylor, The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson and Joel Stewart.


What’s The Matter With Carruthers? by James Marshall, My Dad’s Job by Peter Glassman and Timothy Bush.


A Picture Book Of Anne Frank by David A. Adler and Karen Ritz, The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II by Louise Borden and illustrated by Michael Foreman, Searching For Laura Ingalls: A Reader’s Journey by Kathryn Lasky and Meribah Knight with photographs by Christopher Knight.


On The Road by Huck Scarry, The Pup Grew Up! by Samuel Marshak and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky (translated from the Russian by Richard Pevear).


The Story Of Babar: The Little Elephant by Jean De Brunhoff, Babar’s Travels by Jean De Brunhoff.


The Book Of The Sandman And The Alphabet Of Sleep by Rien Poortvliet and text by Wil Huygen, A Day With Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce.


Fish Calendar by Siegfried Schmitz, The Tale Of Taliesin by Gwyn Thomas and Kevin Crossley-Holland and Margaret Jones (Illustrator), From Slave Ship To Freedom Road by Julius Lester and Rod Brown.


The King Of The Golden River by John Ruskin and pictures by Krystyna Turska, Mei Li by Thomas Handforth.


Nature Cross-sections by Richard Orr, The Adventures Of Robin Hood by Marcia Williams


The Christopher Robin Verse Book by A. A. Milne and with illustrations by E. H. Shepard, Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes.


Today Is My Day by Anushka Ravishankar and Piet Grobler, An Invitation To The Butterfly Ball by Jane Yolen and Jane Breskin Zalben, Pete Seeger’s Storysong Abiyoyo with illustrations by Michael Hays.


Ho For A Hat! by William Jay Smith and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger, My Map Book by Sara Fanelli.


Fee Fi Fo Fum by Raymond Briggs, The Courtship Merry Marriage and Feast Of Cock Robin and Jenny Wren by Barbara Cooney.


Imagine A Day by Sarah L. Thomson and Rob Gonsalves, Imagine A Night by Sarah L. Thomson and Rob Gonsalves.


By The Side Of The Road by Jules Feiffer, The House Across The Street by Jules Feiffer.


My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch by Graeme Base, Castle Diary: The Journal Of Tobias Burgess Page by Richard Platt and illuminated by Chris Riddell.


The Warrior And The Wise Man by David Wisniewski, Rain Player by David Wisniewski.


And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, The Araboolies Of Liberty Street by Sam Swope and Barry Root.


The Juniper Tree And Other Tales From Grimm selected by Lore Segal and Maurice Sendak with four tales translated by Randall Jarrell and pictures by Maurice Sendak, Comic Poems edited by Peter Washington.


Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers, What The Bee Knows: Reflections On Myth Symbol and Story by P. L. Travers.


The Decorative Illustration Of Books by Walter Crane, Secret Gardens: The Golden Age Of Children’s Literature by Humphrey Carpenter.


Selected Poems by Marina Tsvetayeva, The Odyssey retold by Robin Lister and Illustrated by Alan Baker, Beastly Tales From Here And There by Vikram Seth.


To Love This Life: Quotations by Helen Keller with a foreword by Jimmy Carter, Malcolm X By Any Means Necessary: A Biography by Walter Dean Myers, The Inklings: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams by Humphrey Carpenter


I Am The Cheese by Robert Cormier, Fade by Robert Cormier.


The Beast by Walter Dean Myers, The Other Side Of Truth by Beverley Naidoo.


Bloodtide by Melvin Burgess, Lady: My Life As A Bitch by Melvin Burgess, Junk by Melvin Burgess, Doing It: Do You Remember The First Time by Melvin Burgess.


The City Of Ember by Jeanne Duprau, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs, The Wool-Pack by Cynthia Harnett, Stars Of Fortune by Cynthia Harnett.


Aladdin retold by Andrew Lang and illustrated by Errol LeCain, Little Red Riding Hood illustrations selected and arranged by Cooper Edens, The Wonderful Travels and Adventures Of Baron Munchhausen illustrated by Binette Schroeder.


The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin and David Shannon, Snow White In New York by Fiona French, The White Cat by Robert D. San Souci and Gennady Spirin.


Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs translated by by Randal Jarrell and pictures by Nancy Ekholm Burkert, The Enchanter’s Spell by Gennady Spirin.


William Shakespeare and The Globe by Aliki, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream retold by Bruce Coville and pictures by Dennis Nolan, Shakespeare: His Work and His Woorld by Michael Rosen and Robert Ingpen.


The Arrow And The Lamp: The Story Of Psyche retold by Margaret Hodges and illustrated by Donna Diamond, Chanticleer and the Fox by Barbara Cooney.


Sunflakes: Poems For Children selected by Lilian Moore and illustrated by Jan Ormerod, Arthur: High King Of Britain by Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman.


The Sign On Rosie’s Door by Maurice Sendak, Very Far Away by Maurice Sendak, Some Swell Pup Or Are You Sure You Want A Dog? by Maurice Sendak and Matthew Margolis.


The Movable Mother Goose by Robert Sabuda, Mother Goose: A Collection Of Nursery Rhymes by Brian Wildsmith


Swan Lake by Mark Helprin and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, The Canterbury Tales by Geraldine McCaughrean and illustrated by Victor G. Ambrus.


Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales by Angela Carter and Michael Foreman, Anne Frank: Beyond The Diary by by Ruud van der Rol and Rian Verhoeven and Anna Quindlen (Contributor) and Anne Frank and Tony Langham (Translation) and Plym Peters (Translation), The Great Deeds Of Superheroes by Maurice Saxby and Robert Ingpen.


Homer Price by Robert McCloskey, More Homer Price by Robert McCloskey.


The Hamish Hamilton Book Of Kings edited by Eleanor Farjeon and William Mayne, The Piemakers by Helen Cresswell.


The Canary-Coloured Cart: One Family’s Search For Storybook Europe by Christina Hardyment, An English Library: Sixth Edition edited by Nigel Farrow and Brian Last and Vernon Pratt.


Spells Of Enchantment: The wondrous Fairy Tales Of Western Culture edited by Jack Zipes, The Classic Fairy Tales by Iona and Peter Opie.


Beauties Beasts and Enchantments: Classic French Fairy Tales translated and with an introduction by Jack Zipes, Once Upon a Time Thought It Wasn’t in Your Time And It Wasn’t In my Time And It Wasn’t In Anybody Else’s Time by Alan Garner and illustrated by Norman Messenger, The Trials and Tribulations Of Little Red Riding Hood edited by Jack Zipes.


Robert The Rose Horse by Joan Heilbroner and illustrated by P. D. Eastman, Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman.


Hunter And His Dog by Brian Wildsmith, Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden Of Verses illustrated by Brian Wildsmith.


The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith, Birds by Brian Wildsmith, Brian Wildsmith’s ABC.


Lizzie Dripping And The Witch by Helen Cresswell and illustrated by Chris Riddell, My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss and paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.


Moominvalley In November by Tove Jansson, The Exploits Of Moominpappa by Tove Jansson.


Centerburg Tales by Robert McCloskey, A Book Of Devils and Demons by Ruth Manning Sanders and drawings by Robin Jacques.


The Wicked Tricks Of Till Owlyglass by Michael Rosen and Fritz Wegner, I’m Nobody! Who Are You: Poems Of Emily Dickinson For Young People illustrated by Rex Schneider


Following through The Book Of Ember shared above, here are the other titles in the series: The Prophet Of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau, The People Of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau. Looks like I am missing The Diamond of Darkhold (I should keep a lookout on this one the next time I visit my librarian-friend’s collection), The Golem Of Old Prague by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Val Biro.

Now was that a fantastic haul or what? I feel forever blessed that these books are in my life. They’re one of the only things that make sense to me at this point. Do share with me your recent book haul too.

2 comments on “[BHE 249] New Home For A Well-Loved and Thoughtfully Curated Collection

  1. Fats Suela

    OHMYGOD! Lots of good titles! Sometimes I wish we have a “void storage” for our books!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. That’s AWESOME! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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