Caps for Sale or Poky Little Puppy #row80

Favorite Childhood Books a2z: “B” is for Books!

This weekend I attended a baby shower. I haven’t been to one like this. It was a book shower!
How fun is that?
We were asked to bring a book for the new baby –yet unnamed, but suggestions were made, Finn, Jillian, Logan. The mom-t- be just laughed and said wait and see.
Back to the books…

There were probably close to 50 books filling the basket by the time the last piece of paper had been smoothed an saved.

What made this a special shower was the comments made as books were unwrapped. Stories of babies (who are now married and having their own!) favorite books. Some books were new to some of us and of courses we needed to look at them.

It brought up discussions of what our favorite books were as kids. I’d forgotten about Mr. Pudgins by Ruth Christopher Carlsen. I read it often and saved it to read to my children. 

What’s it about?
Here’s the back cover copy:
Wild and wacky things happen when Mr. Pudgins comes to sit for John, Pete, and Jane. Strangely enough, they happen only when Mr. Pudgins smokes his pipe.

Faucets run soda pop instead of water. The old Model T suddenly rides on the lake like a speedboad. And playmates step right out of the mirror!

Life with Mr. Pudgins–well, it’s almost like magic. Maybe it is!

As I was leaving the shower there were a few college/highschool girls curled up on the couch reading picture books. One of them was reading Caps for Sale. That was another favorite of mine. She said it was hers too. Her grandmother read it to her.

What was your favorite childhood book?

About Diana Brandmeyer

Christian author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer writes historical and contemporary romances set from the Midwest to the Mountains. She’s written Mind of Her Own, Frontier Legacy Brides, Small Town Brides, and A Time for Love, among others. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life. *affiliate links are used on this site. It won't cost you more but those extra pennies keep me stocked in tea, thank you!

12 comments / Add your comment below

  1. What a fun idea! I loved Poky Little Puppy, and another Little Golden Book about a stray cat called “Charlie.” But my favorite had to be “The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes.”

  2. I read books to my kids when they were little. My oldest daughter could recite Yertle the Turtle when she was 2 (my father-in-law was convinced she could read)! My youngest daughter loved Sesame Street magazine (honkers & dingers). And my son loved Morris the Moose (probably because I read it with a Bullwinkle voice). My favorites were Dr. Seuss books, Ten Apples Up On Top and Put Me In the Zoo.

  3. Such a very good idea!

    Not knowing any English classics, our son at that age only had Tweenies. Then we read most of the Enid Blyghton's. He still like to read that even though passed the age for that.

  4. We asked for books for my newest grandbaby's shower, and she got plenty (though never too many, of course!) Sandra Boynton books are our family's new favorites for board books. (With 3 granddaughters 2 and under, board books are our life!) My husband can recite the entire Green Eggs and Ham, so I can sure tell you what HIS fave is. The girls look at him like he's crazy and giggle along with him. Such fun.

  5. I vaguely remember Mr. Pudgins which means I didn't read it to my kids…how could I miss that one?!

    I LOVE this idea for a baby shower!! It's got to be the best yet!! Will have to remember for a grandbaby shower. …YEARS down the road still! LoL

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