Pip from Meet Me at Mikes has started a week long meme about Vintage Childrens Illustration. Since a lot of my evenings recently have been spent browsing this Flickr Group I thought it would be great fun to join in Pip's meme.
These illustrations are by Joan Walsh Anglund. They are from a book called "Love is a Special Way of Feeling", first published in 1960, my copy is a 1967 edition. I love how quiet and peaceful these illustrations are, they stay just to the right side of saccharine. Half the images in the book are black and white and the rest are gently coloured in green and pinks.
This book has two hand written inscriptions inside the front cover. One, dated 1970, when it was given to a lady called Sue. The next inscription isn't dated, but is from 1982 when Sue gave it to me. It reads "to my dear little friend".
Sue would babysit us when our parents had to work late. She used to make me laugh so much that my orange squash would fly out of my nose. At the time she gave me this book she was in her late 60's and I was 7. I can't even begin to describe how grown-up and special I felt when I received this book.