Saturday, April 17, 2010

Fairy Tales - Pink Saturday

A few years ago I was wandering through one of our town's marvelous antique shops.  I have a small collection of old fairytale books, so when I saw this one, I picked it up to leaf through its pages. 

To my great astonishment I knew every story.  I could trace every single illustration by heart.  As I held the book, I began to remember the beloved fairytale book I'd had as a child.  I had literally worn it's pages into nothingness. 

The wonderful thing about this book is I can see from the illustrations how my own style as an artist was forged.  I loved each and every one of those pictures and their beauty imprinted itself upon my mind, even before I could read the stories themselves.  It was as though I journeyed back in time for a moment and saw my world through a child's eyes once more.

Happy Pink Saturday!

21 comments:

Irene said...

I don't know why, but I've never been able to go into a used book store, it's weird, i just find books so personal that holding someone else's book seems like an invasion of privacy. Stupid eh! (I'm Canadian). It's only recently that I've been rationalizing these things, after all I borrow books from the library all the time. I'm so glad you and bloggers like you have encourage me to take the plunge. Happy Pink

Paula said...

I love this post! I was just out antiquing yesterday ... found a few wonderful treasures! I am always drawn to old books,the tattered the better. Now and then, I too will run across books that were part of my childhood. They never fail to bring a smile to my face! :))

By the way, I had to chuckle at the comment you left on my last post ... I must confess, it relieves me to no end that others feel the same! A little retail therapy and a blessedly warm and sunny day was the cure! :))

Have a fabulous weekend, my friend!

Snap said...

I LOVE old books. Love saving them from the trash. Need more bookshelves!

Gracie Jewellery said...

I love old books. This is a great one. Happy Pink Saturday!

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Beth Niquette

I love those 2 pictures, they take me right back to when my English Grandmother used to read me fairy tales. The illustrations are wonderful, you don't see them like that anymore.

Glad it brought back good memories for you too.

Have a lovely weekend

Warm wishes
Isabelle x

JANN said...

great post . Cool image of you BETHIE,
your smile is fabulous!

Clytie said...

What an amazing, magical find! Of course you had to have it!

We had a (mostly) magical childhood, where we were encouraged to fights of fancy ... where we believed in fairies and trolls and castles.

Sigh. It's good to be brought back!

Louis la Vache said...

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His actual (as opposed to the one you saw) Weekends Reflection post is this one.

;-D

shabbyrosetreasures said...

Oh, I wish I could hope into the pages of this sweet fairytale! Happy Pink Saturday! If you have time stop by http://shabbychictreasures.blogspot.com/
I am giving away a pretty rose teapot for the month of April!
Hugs,
Olivia

Christine H. said...

beautiful illustrations. The first thing I did when I looked at the first one was to sit up straighter in my chair...because the girl in the picture has such good posture.

Sherry from Alabama said...

Enjoyed your post. I am a book lover.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

© Jennifer Raley said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Isn't it wonderful to be refreshed with visuals, scents and memories to go with it that are good? What a blessing that ability, desire and availablity that is! Enjoyed my visit. Thanks, Jenn

Susie Jefferson said...

Which just goes to show what happens when Fate takes a hand... this was a Fairy story in itself! Thanks for sharing.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Beth!!! I have had a similar experience with a children's book. I happened upon a book in an antique mall and realized it was a copy of my favorite while growing up. The art was just glorious and I knew, like you, that there was the beginning of my love of color and illustration! What fun to share such great memories!
Thanks for reminding me!
Hugs,
Coralie

Shelia said...

Hi Beth and it's so nice to meet you! Oh, what a sweet post! I loved fairytale books too. Isn't it wonderful to pick up an olden object and all those sweet memories start flooding in?
I'm so glad you popped in to see me and hope you'll come back sometimes.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

CC said...

What a lovely story..sometimes magical things happen..and we're transported back for such a small time. I'm so happy the book found you..'
Happy Pinks...

Terra said...

Books can transport us to another time and place, and this book cover is very charming.

Linda said...

how wonderful to be reunited with a book from your childhood!

Miss Moore said...

I had this book!!! I used to read it at my grandmother's all the time! Of course, try searching for it now with the title "Fairy Tales." Brings back memories!

kt clay said...

I had this book as a child. I used to stare at the picture on the front and pretend I was there. I wish I knew who the publisher was..maybe one day I could find a copy for myself

kt clay said...

I had this book as a child. I used to stare at the front cover and pretend I was there. I wish I knew who the publisher was, so I might look for a copy of my own.