Wednesday, November 04, 2009


One of our local library sales has a few shelves of books they give away for free; mostly books that have been significantly damaged and are no longer sellable.
I love being able to fill a paper sack, guilt-free, with cute shabby picture books such as this one; The Fourteen Bears by Evelyn Scott and illustrated by Virginia Parsons, printed by Golden Press in 1969.

I never had this particular book as a child, but I'm guessing that some of you did, and that it made quite an impression. More than anything else really, the illustrations emphasize individuality. Instead of the fourteen child bears being lost in the family shuffle, each has his or her own treehouse, and each treehouse is uniquely decorated.

Most of the other illustrations show the family as they wander the forest during the day; swimming, picnicking, sunning, and eating ice-cream made flavored with honey.
As evening approaches, they each head back to their separate treehouses: