Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Farm Friends

Farm Friends - Real Live Animal Book
Virginia Hunter ~ pictures by David W. Corson
Rand McNally, 1956


My time today is short, so I'll phrase this post accordingly. Old children's books that use photographs to tell a story are awesome. Old children's books that use photographs of baby animals? Even more awesome. (Even better when dressed up and put in ridiculous situations.)

Witness the awesomeness of these Farm Friends (part of the Real Life Animal Book Series) as they cuddle their way through 12 pages of Rand McNally Elf book adorableness.

Our papa crowed excitedly
When we began to hatch.
Our mama clucked importantly,
"My, what a lovely batch!"


Created in an era where I certainly can't say "no animals were harmed in the making of this story", I have to turn the other cheek and assume that piglet's smile tells me all I need to know.


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2 comments:

Emma Smith said...

I love your lead-in about old picture books that tell a story with photos. It gave me pause because a friend recently gave us a book she'd found at a flea market, called Patsy Ann: Her Happy Times, dated 1935. It's a story about a doll who wishes she had a home, and is told entirely in old black-and-white photos. The set-ups are intricate and awesome (and include some animals!). You would never see something this unabashedly sincere and cutesy today, but my kids think it's fascinating. If you're interested, I'll take some pics and post on my book blog.

B. Streetman said...

That book is awesome! I'm always happy to have a guest poster, too. e-mail me if you are interested, webe(at)soon(dot)com.

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