For many of us, some of our dearest childhood memories are associated with our favorite storybooks. They had an indelible charm that influenced our thoughts, our perceptions and perhaps our behavior. They took us to places we’ve never been and maybe where magic even exists. They opened doors to vivid imaginations, daydreams, make belief and endless possibilities. They teach empathy, ethics and not to be afraid to show our emotions. And they introduced us to endearing characters that we will love for a lifetime.
The onset of the 20th century — the Edwardian era — saw an influx of children’s stories that had a big impact on young readers. These very stories still thrive and entertain us today, and new copies are reprinted for the next generation. Here are a few of my very favorite illustrated classic stories!
The Wind in the Willows
The adventures of Mole, Ratty, Toad, and Badger have been enjoyed by readers for more than a century, and Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale is now available in this collectible illustrated edition. Join the mischievous and endearing animals of the Wild Wood as they romp through the English countryside, getting in and out of trouble-always with their friends by their side. A dozen full-page color drawings by acclaimed illustrator Arthur Rackham add a lovely artistic touch to the stories, making this volume a treasured keepsake. Includes a textured cloth cover features intricate foil stamping and a full-color illustration and a ribbon bookmark ensures that you never lose your place.
The Secret Garden
The story of Mary Lennox’s rejuvenation in the English countryside has been enjoyed by readers of all ages since it was first published in 1911. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel centers around the themes of friendship, kindness, and self-discovery, making it a memorable tale that stays with the reader long after the story ends. Full-page color drawings by illustrator Kelly Caswell add a beautiful touch to the story, making this volume a cherished keepsake.
Anne of Green Gables
Orphan Anne Shirley is sent by mistake to live with the Cuthberts, who wanted a boy to help with their farm on Prince Edward Island. They decide to give Anne a home anyway and find that she fills their hearts and lives with love and adventure. Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote the story for all ages, and it has remained a favorite among adults and children through the years. Full-color illustrations help you envision Anne’s woes about her red hair and the beauty she observes in eastern Canada. The cloth-bound cover with a full-color illustrated plate and beautiful foil stamping are sure to make this a favorite among your home library titles.