Reviews of Some of my Favorite Childhood Books

Warning: You might feel like there is way too much gushing going on in these reviews, but believe me, there isn’t. I can’t really tell you how much I enjoyed these books growing up and how much I enjoy them even now. They are all simply beautiful. The end.

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children 
by James Herriot 
Find it on: 
Goodreads

First person
Fiction 
260 fully illustrated pages 
Children’s book 
About the Book
Back cover blurb
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children collects all of the beloved veterinarian’s delightful tales for young readers. From the springtime frolic of Oscar, Cat-About-Town to the yuletide warmth of The Christmas Day Kitten, these stories-radiantly illustrated by Peter Barrett and Ruth Brown-are perennial favorites, and this new complete edition will make a wonderful gift for all readers, great and small.

Why I Choose this Book

Our family got this book when I was a little itty bitty girl and who know how many childhood hours were spent pouring over this book and learning to love the art of storytelling through it’s beautiful and enticing pages. 
Last year I bought myself a copy so that if I ever have a family of my own I’ll be able to share it with them, as well. It’s that good. 
What I Thought about this Book 

I think this will forever be one of my favorite children’s books. From the paintings to the words choices to the stories that are told, everything is filled with a phenomenal amount of beauty. The whole book is like a piece of artwork. 
I’m pretty sure that some of my love for animals came from within the pages of this book. Often times during my teenage years when I had a goat farm with my brother and we would be up late at night playing vet to a sick or laboring goat I would remember the stories that had captivated me as a child and realize that I was living that life and it would make me happy. 
Conclusion 

Y’all should really get a copy and read if for yourselves. 
Rating 

I’m giving James Herriot’s Treasury for Children five stars and I recommend it to children of all ages.

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A King for Brass Cobweb
by Dawn L. Watkins 
Find it on:
Goodreads 

Third person (Omnipresent)
Fiction
59 Illustrated pages
Children’s book
About the Book 
Back cover blurb
The Kingdom of Brass Cobweb has many remarkable treasures, including a peppermint lake and a great shining web of brass for a gate. But what is a kingdom without a king? When the citizens of Brass Cobweb decide to find a king, Grandmother Cricket says that Chipmunk should be the one to go.
Chipmunk leaves on his journey with a bundle of food and Grandmother’s advice: find a king who is brave and wise and true. He sets out for the Copper Hills, encountering many dangers and seeing many rare sights. Among all his new acquaintances, however, he cannot find one who is brave and wise and true. He returns home thinking he has failed, only to discover that he has succeeded brilliantly.

Why I Choose this Book

THIS book. Awww! My happy little heart doesn’t even know where to start. I grew up adoring this book so crazy much that as soon as I found out my best friend was expecting her first child I had to buy it for her new little one. And… I also bought a copy to add to my library in case I ever have kids of my own… Or just to read it even if I don’t have any kids. 
What I Thought about this Book

The illustrations are superb even though only every seventh page or so is colored in. Those colored in pages though? My eyes could feast on them for hours. They are filled with soft colors and remind me of milkshakes and cotton candy and hanging out laundry on a warm summer day. (That might sound weird to you, just imagine happiness and that’s what these pictures are.) 
So, pretty much the book would be ranking up there pretty high, even without words, then the words come in and blow this story out of the water. I normally don’t like this style of story, so maybe it was that I grew up reading it, but this is one of my favorite books and I’ve read it and re-read it so many times that I lost track long ago. 
It’s books like this one that helped inspire my love for reading and writing and propelled me along the path to become an author. 

Conclusion

I only have good stuff to say about this book. Thank you, Dawn L Watkins, for writing it!
Rating 

I’m giving A King for Brass Cobweb five stars and recommend it to pretty much anyone although it is geared toward kids. 

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The Biggest Bear
by Lynd Ward
Find it on: 
Amazon
Goodreads

Third person
Fiction 
85 (short) Illustrated pages
Children’s book
About the Book 
Back cover blurb
Johnny Orchard brings home a playful bear cub that soon becomes huge and a nuisance to the neighbors.
Why I Choose this Book
Sniff. Sniff. This book takes me back to my childhood in a glorious rush. A beautiful childhood, by the way, filled with playing in the woods and then cuddling up with Mom and my siblings at night to get a bedtime story. The Biggest Bear was one of our often-chosen books. We all loved it so much that several years ago I think about half of our family gave each other copies for Christmas. 
What I Thought about this Book

I don’t have any documentation, but I think I probably cried over this book and most likely more than once. It’s practically as perfect as books get. The story is short but has the ability to draw you in from the very beginning. The antics of the bear took turns making me giggle, feel horrified and dream of one day having a wild pet of my own. (That desire was eventually transferred from bear to coyote and eventually dropped altogether… Unless you consider my dream for a de-scented skunk to be relevant.) 
The illustrations are also amazing. I really like how they are in brown and white. It gives the book an old feeling that matches the story perfectly. The drawings are also very detailed and I used to dream of being able to create such lovely visuals. 

Conclusion
This is another one of those books that is simply amazing and I’m so thankful to authors who write like this. 
Rating 

I’m giving The Biggest Bear five stars and recommend it to everyone who enjoys a good story. 

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