Christmas Week Repost
As a small child, someone gave me a set of "tiny golden books". I know it was before I could read (so before I was four). This one, because it was of holiday theme, was stored with my Christmas mugs and some stuffed toys that were Christmas themed.
I used to sit in Grandpa's lap and he would read this to me until I had it memorized and then he would try to change the words just to hear me say, "That's not right, Bop!". Always trying to separate myself from my mother, I called him Bop, to be different from my mother calling him Pop. I still smile when I think about this! I have a very cute photo of us together. [My grandparents]
Somehow, this book got lost along the way when my grandmother moved from the beautiful English Tudor house to Rosedale Apts. which was only a few miles away. She lived in three different apartments in one complex until she moved in with my parents for her last years.
My father and I looked everywhere to buy another one. We thought the name was "Little Squirrel's Christmas". We didn't have Google then or it might have been easier.
I finally found it in a similar boxed set in a bookstore. It was sealed but I was quite sure it was right. Fortunately, my father was still alive. My mother couldn't see what the big fuss was. But, now, it is a treasured memento of my childhood.
Little Squirrel's Santa Claus was written in 1949 by the late Dorothy Kunhardt. It was illustrated by my favorite children's illustrator, the late Garth Williams. Garth was the illustrator for the Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books. Frozen in my mind are his drawing of Ma and Pa, Laura and her sisters. Dorothy Kunhardt is best know for the book "Pat the Bunny".