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:


Christina said...

Could I buy this book from you? I have a 4 month old daughter I would love to have her have this book read to her as my mother did with me. My email is

Anonymous said...

Do you still have this book? I am very interested in purchasing it.

You can e-mail me at

Ele said...

I love the bear on the chaise lounge. I had this book when I was a child, and I can't figure out where it went.

I notice it's available on for $30 to $3000!!

Nancy said...

I had this very book as a child. It was my absolute favorite. So much so that it is one of two books i kept as I grew older. Married 30 years now we had a house fire that claimed everything we owned. I've searched for this book online, but unfortunately have not been able to purchase it anywhere. Enjoy and hold it dear! I you would happen to still have it and want to sell, let me know.
Franklin, TN

Anonymous said...

Thank you from my heart. This book was intensely important to me as a child. I couldn't remember the title. Really, you are fantastic for posting this. Hugs.