Vintage Nature Inspired ‘Golden Books’

I’m a sucker for vintage, nature and ‘little golden books”. So you can imagine how excited I was to find these at a thrift store the other day. I didn’t realize until I got them home that two of these we’re first edition printings. SCORE! My kids love them. And pardon me while I go all Design Mom on you, but wouldn’t these be cool framed in a kids room? Ya. Maybe I really am good at home decorating..?

Smokey the Bear: The story of how “Smokey the Bear” came to be the national face of fire safety (a classic and historic read, despite how you feel about the cute little bears controversial role in fire suppression).

I Can Fly: Geared toward little kids, Isaac loves to act out the animals in this one. “Swish! I’m a fish”. “Bump bump bump, I’m a camel with a hump.”

Tommy’s Camping Adventure: Each person in Tommy’s family has a special camp job. Except Tommy. Finally he turns his nature observation skills into a camp job that helps out his whole family. I’m pretty sure Ari want’s to be Tommy with he grows up, you know, when he’s 6.

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  1. Jana

    I am soo jealous of your Tommy’s Camping Adventure!

    • Jana – I hate to provoke reader jealousy, but it is pretty cool. I had never even heard of it until I found it!

      • Jana

        HAHA! I am also a sucker for vintage golden books. Or maybe just children’s book in general:) My favortie author/illustrator is Steven Kellogg. He retells stories of Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill… They are all really great!

        • Jana

          I have one vintage golden book that I found at a thrift store its called Wonders of Nature.

          • Jana – I’ve never heard of Wonders of Nature. Just looked it up online. It looks awesome!!! I’ll have to keep my eye out for that one!

  2. I love golden books. These are an especially good find. As I learned this weekend, getting books that you don’t mind reading over and over again is VERY important.

    • You know who that Smokey the Bear book is going to…. Right?

  3. I’m feeling a bit of envy, too. Those are so cute!

  4. kdog

    Hey, Jonny has an old copy of Tommy’s Camping Adventure too. Sometimes it’s nice that he saved everything he ever owned since 1973. (And sometimes, well, you know.) :)

    • KDog- I would have never pegged Jonny for a pack rat! In the case of Tommy, it’s totally worth it


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