I love thrift stores almost as much as I love garage saleing. I went to a couple thrift stores today hoping to find some Christmasy books for our Advent basket. I was quite thrilled with the books I found but that is another post for another time. One of my favourite finds was this little delightful little book:
It was published in England in 1971 and it reminds me so much of the Enid Blyton books I used to read as a child. My mom had some Enid Blyton books from when she was a girl, they were old and falling apart and I felt so special when she let me read them. She always stressed how important it was to treat them gently and with respect.
I was thrilled to find that books like The Magic Far Away Tree and The Wishing Chair had been re-released. I am eagerly awaiting the day Mary is old enough for me to introduce her to them.
Back to Tiny Tales. It reminds me so much of her books, it is full of beautiful illustrations and fairies and goblins and talking animals. The stuff real fairy tales are made of!
The stories are only a few pages long, Mary can easily sit through them even though there are no pictures. I think it is so important to read kids fairy tales and I love how old stories like this have such clear morals at the end. The character always learns a lesson and bad behaviour is never rewarded.
I always keep my eye out for old books whenever I’m at a book store or garage sale. I don’t think people value books enough, I often find old books like this for .50 or 1.00 and in my opinion they are worth so much more!