When we got our partner for the mini book swap I knew just what book we should send. The problem was we only had one copy from Papa’s childhood and there was no way we were sending that one. Funny, I didn’t think of that when I signed up for the swap. So our swapping was slightly delayed while we acquired another copy of the book, The Beaver Pond — weekly reader edition from the 70s — by Alvin Tresselt.
This, to me, is a perfect children’s book. It’s a story about the natural world — one of the most fascinating topics for my urchins — and the story is brought to life with beautiful illustrations, by Roger Duvoisin. Tresselt’s prose has just enough poetry, if you know what I mean, to keep the story magical. Tresselt and Duvoisin must have made a good team since they published a number of books together, including the 1948 Caldecott medal winner — I need to get my hands on a copy of that one.
We also have a copy of Tresselt’s telling of the The Mitten, also a weekly reader edition — which may be an easier title to find a copy of — and also a great story. And speaking of the weekly reader children’s book club, I wonder if you can find a list of all the books sent over the years? My feeble web searching skills haven’t turned up much. In return for The Beaver Pond we received another delightful book, The Purple Coat by Amy Hest. We’ve only read it twice so far but it is at the top of the bedtime story pile. So, what did you guys send/receive as part of the mini book swap?