Here we go round the mulberry bush

Some old family children's books from the 1940s and 50s
Some old family children’s books from the 1940s and 50s

My parents are moving house too, and asked if I wanted any of the old family children’s books. They gave me the most amazing pile of old books, mostly belonging to my mother and her three older brothers from the 1940s and 50s. The Secret Garden, with gorgeous swirling drawings, some classic Beatrix Potters, an old book of nursery rhymes.

Leafing through, the beautiful illustrations are oddly calming – definitely what I needed with The Big Move in 12 days. And then the occasional addition in bright blue crayon. Started to feel guilty that perhaps I had scribbled on them when I was little, but then found ‘Hugh’ clearly scrawled – an uncle who sadly died before I was born.

My uncle Hugh's old copy of 'The Tale of Jeremy Fisher'
My uncle Hugh’s old copy of ‘The Tale of Jeremy Fisher’

Find it quite comforting to think my own kids will make these little records too (just as long as they understand it’s not charming to scribble on walls… I’m sure our New York landlords would be unamused).

More embellishment
More embellishment

 

Here we go round the mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush
Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit pie! Come, my ladies, come and buy Or your babies they will cry
Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit pie!
Come, my ladies, come and buy
Or your babies they will cry
Mary, Collin and Dickon in The Secret Garden
Mary, Colin and Dickon in The Secret Garden

Author: Alex

Hello. Toddling Round New York is my own little blog of our family's experience of moving young kids from London to New York... And of having a baby out here. They are my own baby steps of exploring this incredible city. I lived in five countries in four continents growing up, so you'd think I'd be good at this by now. Here you'll find stories and photographs of our adventures, the highs and the lows of expat parenthood, and some ideas I hope you'll find useful if you're in New York with young kids.

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