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Thursday, July 20, 2006

 

Pickle-Chiffon Treasure

In yesterday's post, I forgot to mention one of my favorite new mom blogs!

MomSquawk is a group blog that delivers all kinds of fun and interesting news about children, parenting, and families. It's one of my daily must-reads.

A few days ago, one of the moms wrote a post about my all-time favorite children's book, Pickle-Chiffon Pie by Jolly Roger Bradfield.

My mother bought this book when it first came out in 1967, and she must've read it to me a lot, because it's the one story I remember the best. And believe me, my childhood was filled with good books. When my son was born and we started buying children's books at garage sales and thrift shops, I kept my eye out for Pickle-Chiffon Pie, because it was long out-of-print by the late 90's. Copies could be had on eBay for up to $80, which I just wasn't willing to pay.

Finally, when my son was about four, my mom found the well-preserved book somewhere in her house and mailed it off to me.



Something quite magical happens when you hold a treasured childhood item in your hand after nearly 40 years. And when I first read it to my son, he was instantly enthralled by the story of princes, giants, and juggling lions.

Just take a look at Mr. Bradfield's artwork. Who wouldn't love a three-headed marshmallow-roasting dragon!?



Some might say that the story of three princes competing for the hand of a princess is dated, but I don't believe so. It's a fairy tale, after all. A tale in which the nice guy finishes first for a change. How refreshing! It also offers a valuable lesson to kids that kindness and generosity can reap rewards. They won't learn that on MTV.

It's a wonderful book for both boys and girls. I've read it to both my kids dozens of times over the years, and they continue to ask for it at bedtime. Unlike some of the tongue-twisting Dr. Seuss books that grow stale after multiple readings, Pickle-Chiffon Pie is a joy to read every time.

The good news is that the book was reprinted two years ago and is now available at Amazon.com for a very reasonable $12. And apparently more of Bradfield's back catalog will be reissued in the near future. For a peek at his life and works, visit his website.


8 Comments:

Blogger Gargoyle said...

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2:02 AM  
Blogger Hannelie said...

Same here, grew up with books all around me and we regularly went to the library as kids with mum, we felt so important that we were allowed 3 books each for 2 whole weeks, here in Aust. you can take 12 items! a mix of books, cd's, dvd's etc and keep it for 3 weeks! My kids got lots of books and Liam already also love to be read to, he just want to turn a bit to quick still.
I haven't heard of this one you mention, but I am gonna look around for it.

2:05 AM  
Blogger MommaSteph said...

STALE DR. SUESS BOOKS? Bite your (twisiting) tongue!!!

2:50 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

I love introducing books from my childhood as well. We found one of my favorites, 5 Chinese Brothers at a yard sale. Obviously now, it's not the most politcally correct book, but it was fun reading it again to my son.

3:36 AM  
Blogger Hliza said...

This book sounds good. I'll try to look for it here in the local bookstores. It's fun when our memories are full of reading moments. You must be a very good dad to spend lots of time reading to your kids..

4:16 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

mommasteph,

I guess I had to read Dr. Seuss' "If I Ran The Circus" one too many times...

It was my son's favorite book for about two months. Every single night!

10:55 AM  
Blogger MommaSteph said...

Haha! I feel that way about The Great Honey Hunt. It's a fine book, but again and again and again...

7:30 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Hi there, I just cruised over from hannelie's blog. I had to respond to your post. My mom died a year ago and I have unearthed a stack of books I had forgotten existed, all types of children's books my mom and dad inscribed to me before I could even read. Your story reminded me of when my parents read me "Harold and the Purple Crayon" - which is the story I remember best.

I'm glad your mom found your book for you. :)

11:10 PM  

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