Mother gave me a Golden Song Book like this one for my birthday when I turned five:
For some reason, I didn't have it with my other books from my childhood, and Lori recently discovered it packed away among some of Mother's things. Unfortunately, my copy is missing the entire hardcover, which looks like this:
I was so excited and happy to see it again! I remembered it SO well.
Can you even imagine my delight when I realized it was illustrated by the marvelous and brilliantly talented Mary Blair?! I have always loved the illustrations inside - I had no idea they were hers. No WONDER I loved it so!
This is the inscription inside:
Here is a (poor) photo of me singing at Christmas time; I believe it was taken the same year:
Oh, yes, I LOVE to sing- I have written about that fact a number of times before on this blog.
Here are a couple of the delightful illustrations from inside this book:
Please go check out this website if you are interested in seeing and learning more - the ASIFA Hollywood Animation Archive.
They have many more pictures of the inside of this book.
And I will close with one more picture - I think this may have been taken at my fifth birthday party. Don't Lori and I look almost like twins?
I don't think I still have ANY of my other gifts from that year - but you can bet that I will always treasure this song book, cover or no cover, and I believe I have Mother to thank for my love of music , and my singing talent, as well.
All THREE of us girls can sing - and we're good at it.