Goodreads Summary: A humorous “guide to life” for grown-ups! One day, Diane Muldrow, a longtime editor of the iconic Little Golden Books, realized that, despite their whimsical appearance, there was hardly a real-life situation that hadn’t been covered in the more than 70-year-old line of children’s books—from managing money, to the importance of exercise, to finding contentment in the simplest things. In this age of debt, depression, and diabetes, could we adults use a refresher course in the gentle lessons from these adorable books, she wondered—a “Little Golden guide to life”? Yes, we could! Muldrow’s humorous yet practical tips for getting the most out of life (“Don’t forget to enjoy your wedding!” “Be a hugger.” “Sweatpants are bad for morale.”), drawn from more than 60 stories, are paired with delightful images from these best-loved children’s books of all time—among them The Poky Little Puppy, Pantaloon, Mister Dog, Nurse Nancy, We Help Mommy, Five Pennies to Spend, and The Little Red Hen. The Golden greats of children’s illustration are represented here as well: Richard Scarry, Garth Williams, Eloise Wilkin, J. P. Miller, and Mary Blair, among many others. Sure to bring memories and a smile, this book is a perfect gift for baby boomers, recent grads, lovers of children’s literature—or anyone who cherishes the sturdy little books with the shiny cardboard covers and gold foil spines!
Like a lot of people, I have a lot of nice memories of reading various Little Golden Books when I was younger. So it was really nostalgic to go back and see photos from various books.
This book is also just really short and has hardly any text. There are just photos and a little quote to go along with it. So it’s a very short book, whimsical, and can easily be flipped through in a few minutes. It’s more of a picture book with just a photo taken from a Golden Book and then a little saying on the opposite page.
I rented this as an eBook from my library and it was a very fast read. That format probably wasn’t best to view the images on, so I’d recommend picking it up a physical copy. This could easily be paged through in a bookstore or library.
Seeing some of the images definitely did take me back to childhood and there was a great nostalgic feel. I was expecting it to be more of a discussion of certain plot lines and stories from Little Golden Books and the morals they were trying to convey. Still I really enjoyed this book and it was a fun little read.
My Rating: 4 Stars