Friday, July 18, 2008

Never Talk to Strangers

Never Talk to Strangers
Irma Joyce ~ George Buckett
Golden Press, 1971

Another found in my mother's attic, I'm loving these Big Golden Books. It seems like my sisters and I had a million of them. The memories that this one evokes are really intense. I remember I LOVED IT! My son is pretty crazy about it too, which makes me really happy. My mom is probably gonna be pissed when I load all these titles up en masse and ensconce them into the back of my car, but too bad, too sad, my friend.

If you are hanging from a trapeze
And up sneaks a camel with bony knees,
Remember this rule, if you please --
Never talk to strangers....

But... if your father introduces you
To a roly-poly kangaroo,
Say politely, "How do you do?"
That's not talking to strangers
Because your father knows him.

The rhymes are fun, but the illustrations just rock my world hard. It was re-illustrated in a perfectly wonderful edition, but you know me. I'm all about the old school. Luckily, Random House reissued the original a while back with a different cover, so for now, at least, this charmer's back in print. I still love everything about this book, though the woolly, purple llama has always kinda given me the creeps. Ten thumbs up!


loft2dwell said...

This is one of my favorites! The picutres are definitely the best part - I can still picture them. I'm going to have to go see if my mom still havs it. Thanks!

Mike and Me said...

I know we are not blood related, so how did you inherit this love from me? have you read Little Black Sambo? it's my favorit.
love aunt Carm

Cass said...

I loved this book when I was a kid and I was lucky enough to find it recently at a charity store and now my daughters love it too. Little Black Sambo was one of my favourites too

Burgin Streetman said...

dude... I am so all over sambo... googling now!

Unknown said...

I actually got this book as a child and i still have it in great condition and then i went through my books and found my brothers i love this book it brings back so many memories...

Shiva~Moon said...

This is my favorite childhood book. I still have the one with the originally Cover. 32 years later, I found a special kid, that I want to share this book with but the original cover is so much better, then the reissue.
Does anyone know how to get where to get the vintage one? R all pictures changed in the reissue or just the cover?

Anonymous said...

Great book - never ages - still relevant in today's tech world.

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