Friday, 19 September 2014

The Lovesome Book For Little Folk

Nid-Nod said the daisies

Nid-Nod said the daisies,
Nid-Nod the whispering breeze, Nid-Nod crooned the birdies - Nid-Nod the rustling trees. Nid - Nod winked the little stars in the soft evening light.The whole big world's a Nodding - Nid-Nod Nid-Nod goodnight.



This is a glorious collection of stories, poems, songs and prayers. There are games to play and things to do. Published by The Epworth Press, London, undated but c1953.


The stories include Betty and the dream man by Chris G Temple, The lost thimble by Elizabeth Gould Binks's tail by P. B. Longson, Seeing the world by Dorothy MacNulty, and Two grey kittens by Ruth Ainsworth.





Please come and play with me

Come on in...
Please come on in there is lots to see

there is lots to see.

Heather and Geoffrey obviously loved The Lovesome Book

they spent a great deal of time colouring in the pictures and completing the dot-to-dots. I think mummy might have helped with the spots on the giraffe. 

Smiling comes easily when looking at this gorgeous book. 

Dandy the circus dog demonstrating one of his tricks. 
The Lovesome Book for little folk

More pretty pictures

Songs and prayers


Excellent colouring in


A bedtime story...
Nid-Nod said the daisies, Nid-Nod the whispering breeze, Nid-Nod crooned the birdies - Nid-Nod the rustling trees. Nid - Nod winked the little stars in the soft evening light.The whole big world's a Nodding - Nid-Nod Nid-Nod goodnight.

The Lovesome Book For Little Folk is now sold, thank you for your interest.

Thank you for your visit...

33 comments:

  1. How sweet, you really do feature some of the most wonderful books. Thank you for sharing this treasure.

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    1. Hi Tracy, I’m sure I get just as much pleasure out of sharing them as others get from looking at them. My family get fed up with me wanting to show them my latest favourite thing, so blogging is the perfect outlet. Thanks for calling in, Barbara

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  2. I get pulled into those photos and the artwork and pretty soon I'm back to my childhood--daydreaming and forgetting about my current obligations. LOL

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    1. That’s wonderful Eve, the post did exactly what I hoped it would do. Daydreaming is a good thing. Thanks for your visit, Barbara x

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  3. What an adorable book! I do remember having a similar book which was given to me by a friend of my mother. The book had been passed on through many little hands and into mine since all the puzzles had already been done many times over but I stilled went over it all over and over again and loved every bit of the book. The illustrations ring a bell especially the cat and the little folk. Do you think these stories were perhaps printed in other books as well?

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    1. Hello Shashi, I think there was a lot of sharing of stories at one time. I’ve come across the same illustrations time and again in different books, so I know the publishers did that, and they probably did the same with the stories. Do you still have your books or have they been passed on?
      I would like to know where Heather and Geoffrey (the original owners of this book) are now. Can you imagine their surprise if they happened to stumble on my blog – I would love to be there to see their faces. Have a lovely weekend, Barbara

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    2. Yes it would be absolutely wonderful if they did stumble onto your blog. Wouldn't you just love to be a fly on the wall if it ever happened!
      Sadly I don't have those books with me anymore. Many of my collections mum gave them away to the local library and some that I lent to my friends didn't make it back home:-) I just hope they are still out there and being read.

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    3. Yes, I would like to be a fly on the wall plus it would give me massive pleasure to be able to return their book. I wonder if they would like it back, or if they gave it away in the hope they wouldn’t have to see it again (I can’t believe that!)
      I hope your books are still being appreciated Shashi – if I ever find one with your name in, I will be sure to let you know :-)

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    4. Oh that would be just so wonderful! One can dream can't one? :-)

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  4. Good evening Barbara!

    This is such a sweet book, the poetry, the pictures.....I remember such darling experiences as a child, with other authors of course, but again, your collections show a sweet side of children's literature that has changed over the years. Thank you for this lovely share. Happy weekend! Anita

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    1. Good morning Anita! It is always lovely to wake up to a sweet comment from you, and that is exactly what happened on this fine September morning.
      I’m so pleased you enjoyed this week’s book. Have a good weekend, Barbara. x

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  5. What lovely books. I do look forward to your collections.

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    1. Thank you Roger that is a lovely thing to say. Enjoy the weekend, Barbara

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  6. I think I'm playing "Susan in the Rain" (it's on the contents page) today! I wonder if people in 60 years' time will be looking back at today's children's books and finding them just as quaint?

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    1. Hello Sue, I just had to get the book down from the shelf to see what Susan in the rain is all about. I give you a clue – Paste me down upon a card, colour me with care, ask you mother if she has some silk or wool to spare. Thread your needle, make a knot (I hope I’ve made it plain) so you may work this sewing card of Susan-in-the-Rain. The illustration is of Susan wearing a raincoat, wellingtons and rain hat. The picture has been carefully coloured in (by Heather or Geoffrey?) so nowSusan is all dress in red and black.
      I’m sure the books of today will look quaint in 60 years time because by then everything will have moved on again.

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    2. Wonderful! Red and black is one of my favourite colour combinations for outfits.

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  7. What a beautiful cover The Lonesome Book For Little Folk has! Adorable! It was so fun getting to glimpse inside of it. I am sure the owners enjoyed it back in the day and now we all get to enjoy it too. You always share the best treasures with us. :)

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    1. Hi Stephanie, seeing inside is all part of the fun! This one is really sweet on the outside so it already gives a good idea of what is to come, but it's still nice to see more. Thanks for your kind words. I hope you are having a good weekend. Barbara.

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  8. Once again a treasure of a book ! Its beautiful Barbara .. Heather and Geoffrey certainly were lucky to have it ... Loved the 'what to look in April page' How wonderful !and the way the book is adorned with lovely faces of children... its adorable :) Thanks fro such a wonderful share :)

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    1. Hello Kokila, thank you so much for taking the time to look at what I share. I always enjoy your visits. :-)

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  9. Sounds like a lovely book. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hello Kelly, I'm always very happy to share. Thanks for visiting, Barbara

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  10. Hello dear Barbara, I have popped in twice now to have another wee look at this lovely book. What a great mixture inside...nid nod : ) I do think that I love the cover the best..so sweet. And that dear little face at the end, so intent on her reading.
    Hope that your week is going well & that you are enjoying the autumn. Much love to you, Catherine x0x0x

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    1. Hello lovely Catherine, how nice to hear from you. I’m very happy to know you pop in from time to time. It’s always good when friends come to call. I love the last picture too. It is the perfect way to read a book, wish I could still do it! We are having a really nice warm and sunny autumn, and I know you are enjoying the spring. The pictures on your last blog post were just gorgeous, especially the bluebells. Lots of love, Barbara xx

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  11. What an adorable book. There are so many lovely children's book now but none with quite the charm and innocence that these lovely vintage ones had. M x

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    1. Hello Marina, you are right about the modern books, there really are some beauties around, but you are also right when you say they don’t have quite the charm of the vintage ones. I guess they will have in a few years though. It’s funny to think that people will look at them in the future and think of them as old fashioned. Thanks for coming over, Barbara xx

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  12. Oh I love the pictures here, especially the painting of the little girl with the red backpack (knapsack? bag?) Little folks would adore this treasure, Barbara!

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    1. Hi Claudine, whenever I see the word knapsack, I start singing knick, knack, paddy whack give a dog a bone (this old man). I don’t think knapsack has anything at all do with the song, but the sound of the word gets me every time. Probably safer if we refer to the bag as a backpack – my singing leaves a lot to be desired :-)
      I’m glad you like the pictures. I hope your week is going well, Barbara.

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  13. Oh Barbara! You really do find the loveliest books! I especially love the illustration with the kitten and toadstools. Thank you so much for sharing. (sorry for my late visit, I'm not sure how I missed this post) x

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  14. Hi Yvonne, I think I'm late to you too, so I will be over as soon as I leave this reply. Where on earth has September gone? Have a happy day, Barbara x

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  15. I too love the toadstools. Didn't all the children look so angelic? I really believed that toadstools could be used as houses!

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Barbara xx

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