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Subject: Four Well-Used Children's Books from the Nifty Fifties - 2 credits for all
Date Posted: 6/15/2009 6:08 PM ET
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I have Books 3, 6 and 9 of the old Doubleday hardcover "Best in Children's Books" series from the Fifties, and  a hardcover"The Family Treasury of Children's Stories, Book Two" that I would like to pass along to new owners.  These are NOT up to formal posting standards, but  if you like old kids books, or the illustrations in them, they're great.  There are line drawings as well as full color illustrations.

Each book has all its pages, though one one has a few thumb-sized divots out of the bottom of some of the pages, though it doesn't interfere with the text or the illustrations.  There are a few crayon and pencil marks, the edges of the hardcovers are bumped and the tops of the spines are flaking.  There are names and a few other scribbles written on the flyleaves, and the occasional small thumbprint or other stain.  I think some of them are ex Children's library books -- they have the places for card-holders to be glued into them.  This series may have had dust covers, but these books do not.  The cloth binding on the Family Treasury is starting to split inside the front cover, -- that is to pull away from the body of the book, but I think this could be repaired.  There is also a finger paint stain on the lower cover that also hits the bottom of the text, slightly.  These were well used, well read books that still have some life left in them.

Content -- Book 3 -- The Pied Piper, The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, Yonie Wondernose, The Owl and The Pussy-Cat and Other Verses, Chicken Little, We Live in Air (50s science explanation) Little Folk's Party (party games for children in the Fifties) Kiki Loves Music, Dog Friends (basic dog breed info with a few photos), Benjamin Franklin by James Baldwin (edited for this collection) and This is Mexico. 160 pages.

Content Book 6 -- The Story of Early America, The Very Little Girl, The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling, Poems of the City, The Shoemaker and the Elves, A Child's World in ABC, Your Breakfast Egg, Life in the Arctic, The Saddler's Horse, Dick Whittington and His Cat by James Baldwin (adapted for this edition) and This is Italy. 160 pages

Content Book 9 -- The Boy King Arthur, Baby Bear, Joyful Poems, What Eddie Brought Home, The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen, The World Uses Electricity (50's science explanation), The True Book of the Circus, Birds of the South Pacific (actual photos), The Book of Nah-Wee, and Let's Visit South Africa. 160 pages

The Family Treasury of Children's Stories Book Two  has too many to list.  There are classic fairy tales, excerpts from Lewis Carroll, T.S. Eliot, Carl Sandburg, Rudyard Kipling, Ogden Nash etc, Fables and Folktales, True Stories of Children, and Legends and Myths.  380 pages plus small index.