Thank You, Mother, for Reading the Better Homes and Gardens Storybook to Me during the 1950’s

Better Homes and Gardens Storybook 1950 HC / 1st Ed Including Little Black Sambo

How many of you have lived a better life because your mother read to you the stories in the 1950’s Better Homes and Gardens Storybook? I can honestly say that my life as a writer and an artist began long before I went to school. It began on my mother’s knee when I heard tales about people that lived far away and long ago–or perhaps, that never lived at all, but were only imagined.

Although we lived in a remote, rural area, my mother bought the Better Homes and Gardens Storybook. I cannot even imagine where she found it. Perhaps a traveling salesman sold it to her.

My two very favorite stories were The Little Red Hen and Little Black Sambo.

©Jacki Kellum July 15, 2016


*The Story of Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman*

The Little Red Hen by Helen Dean Fish*

*A Rose is Red*

*The Nonsense ABC by Edward Lear*

*How Charlie Made Topsy Love Him by Helen Hill and Violet Maxwell*

*Hurt No Living Thing by Christina G. Rossetti*

*The House The Jack Built by Randolph Caldecott*

*Finger Games*

*The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear*

*The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter*

*What Is Pink? A Rose Is Pink by Christina G. Rossetti*

*Names by Dorothy Aldis*

*Meeting the Easter Bunny by Rowena Bastin Bennett*

*1 and 1 are 2 by Christina G. Rossetti*

*Months of the Year by Christina G. Rossetti*

*The Goops : Table Manners by Gelett Burgess*

*Uncle Remus Initiates the Little Boy by Joel Chandler Harris*

*The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story by Joel Chandler Harris*

*The Mitten Song by Marie Louise Allen*

*The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay*

*One, Two, Buckle My Shoe**Butter by Janet Smalley*

*Ten Little Indians*

*Over in the Meadow by Olive A. Wadsworth*

*The Old Woman and Her Pig**Days of the Week*

*The Kings’ Breakfast by A. A. Milne**Rain by Robert Louis Stevenson*

*Lines and Squares by A. A. Milne*

*The Brownies’ Circus by Palmer Cox*

*The Wind by Robert Louis Stevenson*

*Who Has Seen the Wind? by Christina G. Rossetti*

*The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling*

*Peter Pan in the Never-Never-Never Land by Daniel O’Connor*

*The Pirate Ship by Daniel O’Connor*

*A Curious Pup by Al Graham*

*From a Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson*

*Trains by James S. Tippett**About Elizabeth Eliza’s Piano by Lucretia P. Hale*

*Pledge of Allegiance*

*The Flag Goes By by Henry Holcomb Bennett*

*The Story of Live Dolls by Josephine Scribner Gates*

*The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson*

*Thanksgiving Day by Lydia Maria Child*

*The Lion and the Mouse by Aesop*

*The Ants and the Grasshopper by Aesop*

*Belling the Cat by Aesop*

*Old Mother Hubbard by Mother Goose*

*All Through the Night by Rachel Field*

*The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore


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