This past June, I told my parents we were going to take a break from world History and start on American History. To my surprise, when dad dropped off our requested school supplies there was also a box with the above pictured books in it. Twenty-six books (there are only 25 in the picture because we are currently reading about The Swamp Fox, Francis Marion) from the Childhoods of Famous Americans Series. My dad's books were published in the 1940s.
These books were and still are very precious to my dad. He loved reading them when he was a child. My Nana had even written in some of them the dates on which the books were given - birthdays and Christmases starting in 1956. He lectured both me and B about being careful with them, not drawing in them nor bending the pages. I'm so grateful he has shared these with us!
The ones we have range in time from James Oglethorpe through John F. Kennedy. They narrate the childhoods of these men for most of the book and then at the end explain what they accomplished as adults.
The illustrations inside are simple, yet beautiful. Look at the book, on the right, closed. The pages are all different widths and uneven, a testament to their age. :o)
I love books, love the smell of them, the feel of them. These books are such a blessing and we are reading them when the subject of the book fits into the time period of American History we are covering.