Thursday, September 11, 2008

Vintage Thingies Thursdays: Vintage Bear Books

It is finally Thursday, and you know what that means, another installment of Vintage Thingie Thursdays. This great addition to the week is hosted by Lisa, over at Confessions of an Apron Queen's Blog. Go on over there and take a look at all the great treasures. You will be glad you did.

This week, I have some vintage books. Not just books...but Vintage BEAR books. To remind you, I have mentioned here on VTT about collecting black bears. I also have a fondness for bear books as well. Imagine That! Take a look at some of the great books I have found.

I found this book at a garage sale a few years ago, in fact, I almost passed it up. It was missing the dust jacket, but the word forest and the cute bear paws got my attention and I opened the book. My heart was skipping beats when I discovered it was a book about bears in Yellowstone National Park. The Author Essie Forrester O'Brien spent summer vacations in Yellowstone. It seems while O'Brien's husband and son were off fishing, she contacted officials, rangers, employees, cooks and old-timers in the area. She collected first-hand information on the lives and habits of the Park's wild animals. The stories in "Clowns of the Forest" are based on this material.

The stories, together with the pictures, portray the life of the bears in the park. This was published in 1948. This is a wonderful book, I loved it from cover to cover. It takes you back to a time when Yellowstone was a different park than it is today. Really good and entertaining reading.

This cute little book is titled Bear Stores Retold from St. Nicholas Magazine. Published by The Century Co. 1904. This charming little book has bear stories with black and white pictures of bears. The pictures are animated for the most part, but it adds a certain charm to the book.

This adorable little book is titled A Black Bear's Story by Emil E. Liers. I purchased this book on-line. It was a children's library book. The back of the book still has the library card sleeve. It is stamped:
North Saaplon School, 10475 McDonald Park Road, Sidney, B.C.
The book is in great condition and has wonderful stories of a black bear family.
This book is loaded with wonderful bear drawings to accompany the story lines. I really love this book, the outside is very colorful and it is a wonderful addition to my shelf of bear books.
Look at the mama bear sweet talking her cub out of the tree. Sweet I tell you.

This adorable little book is titled, Go West, Young Bear by Elizabeth Hamilton. Copyright 1948. This charming book is a tale of a friendly bear who lives in Eastern Canada and whose one ambition is to meet people and live a social life. However, the people are not too friendly. This bear happens upon a book about Yellowstone Park, and sets out on his quest for the Park who loves bears. This is a really cute book and loaded with cute pictures. The inside of the book has a sticker that says the owner was Miriam Babbitt Simpson.

Well, this is just a few of the bear books in my collection. I hope you enjoyed a peek into the charming illustrations of vintage books. I have about 15 vintage children's bear books in my collection. I am always on the watch for more to add to my bookshelf. I have read every one of these books. They provide great stories and cute pictures and hours of entertainment.
See you next week....


  1. Rats! I just gave away a bunch because my grandchildren have outgrown them!

  2. I am almost positive we had that book "Black Bear's Story".. those pictures look so familiar!

  3. These are so cute! I love your collection. It would be great to have something like this for my husband (he loves bears). I hope that you keep finding more to add to your collection :)

  4. Great collection; I love the illustrations in old books.
    I thought you were going away?

  5. all my life I have wanted to see a real live bear in the wild...matts parents see them up near their house sometimes...I go looking for them and nothing...sigh.

    cute books though!

  6. What a great collection! I love the old illustrations.

  7. Those are awesome! I, too, collect black bears (and books - although my book collection has probably poured over the bounds of "collection" and onto whatever comes after collection). Now I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for black bear books to add to my collection. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Is there anything you dont own thats completely awesome? Oh btw...I got the SSS updated

  9. Greetings from the SSS's official stalker. So glad to meet you! I love that you collect platters and neato cool things! I also live in TX, south of big D. Howdy neighbor! Stop by when your in the neighborhood!

  10. Thank you for sharing some of your bear books! That was fun. :)

  11. Fascinating...I enjoyed seeing the photos and reading your reviews of the books.

  12. looks like it would be a cute story--they look like they are having a good time any way


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