Hello, my fairy tale-lovin’ friends!
It has been awhile since I have done a TGIFTF post, in fact, I have just fallen off the band wagon completely with posting some of the things I enjoy writing about best. I thought things would settle down so that I could get back to a routine this month, but not so much…YET!
The book I am sharing with you today isn’t exactly a fairy tale but more like a patchwork quilt of some of the best moments in fairy tales and other children’s stories from the folks at Little Golden Book.
I received this sweet book Everything I Need to Know about LOVE I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow from my BFF Sharon at Valentine’s Day.
Such a thoughtful, perfect present.
Like all of the gifts Sharon sends me, this one touched my heart.
And apparently the hearts of all who have read it.
School Library Journal reviewed it in October 2013 saying:
“A fun and entertaining walk down memory lane… This title will be great for sharing one-on-one with children.”
In September 1, 2013, Kirkus Reviews described it as:
“Chicken soup for fans of Golden Books.”
And today, Leslie the Librarian adds:
“Everything I Need to Know About LOVE is refreshingly innocent, a sweet reminder of an era gone by.”
Author Diane Muldrow has taken illustrations from some of the most memorable Little Golden Book stories and paired them single lines of text that offer an encouraging message about love to the lovelorn.
Remember these sweet end page illustrations from the Golden Books you had when you were little?
There’s just something magical about having your very own book with your name on it.
Did you ever write your name with one of those fat kindergarten crayons inside of your books?
But while this book looks like a children’s bedtime story, it is really sage advice for grown-up children as hinted at by the cover art.
It begins by asking:
[From Tootle, 1945]
[From The Little Golden Book of Poetry, 1947]
[From The Musicians of Bremen, 1954]
Yup, that was me. Until I met my Prince.
In fact, wait a cotton pickin’ minute…among that motley crew above are a couple of my ex-husbands and at least one former boyfriend.
Readers are encouraged to not be discouraged in their search for love.
Because one day a handsome stranger may appear out of nowhere.
[From The Wild Swan, 2014]
[From Match.com, 2003]
[From Beauty and the Beast, 1959]
You can say that again.
“Love can be complicated.”
Not to say that my Prince Charming was ever a beast.
But after a couple of false starts at the altar, both PC and I were apprehensive about (re-)marriage.
[From My Puppy, 1955 and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, 1962]
For us that translated into a five-year courtship with at least two break-ups.
[From Good Little, Bad Little Girl, 1965]
You got that right, Diane Muldrow.
Four, count ’em, four kids between the two of us.
That equates to two sets of step-kids and two (or more) exes.
But despite the exes, the kids, the nerves…
[From The Wild Swan, 2014 and The House that Jack Built, 1954]
There will come a day when you are finally ready to take a chance…
[From Home for Bunny, 1956]
Actually, we left nothing to chance.
We wanted our vows to take so badly that we said them twice.
Once on July 11, 2008 before the Justice of the Peace and then again in a marriage blessing at our home on September 28, 2008.
And you know the ending, don’t you…
They lived happily ever after.
Thank you, Sharon, for this very precious book.
It kind of tells my story, but I bet you already knew that.
Hugs and kisses,