I'm working for a month in Lancaster and one thing Lancaster has is a fantastic array of second hand charity book shops. I've been spending my lunch breaks hunting round for vintage literary treasures and have already bought around 30 books for Baby Biddle's library.
I was particularly delighted with these three finds from (in order of pictures) the 50s, 60s and 70s, with incredible illustrations.
Ducks Don't Get Wet will be for when Master Biddle is a little older. It's actually a science book, but using a palate of browns, greens, blacks and whites. A far cry from the primary colours of modern children's books.
The Thumble Boy is a sweet little tale of a tiny boy, no bigger than one's thumb, who gets captured by a crow and made to live in a nest until he is rescued by a real sized boy who becomes his friend. It's a German book and the illustrations are rather dark and disturbing at times, but always exquisite to look at.
Just One Apple is a Swiss story from the 70s with the old adage of 'be careful what you wish for'. I just love the bright colours of the red, blues and greens in the beautiful paintings about a little old man wishing for a single apple to grow on his one apple tree.