Saturday, June 24, 2017

Let's not Forget - Friday - Betsy and Eddie

So, who remembers Eddie?  Or Betsy?
They were stars in their day.  (Does anyone remember "Betsy's Little Star"?)

Carolyn Haywood (1898 - 1990) wrote 47 books about every day kids doing every day things.  They were free range kids, sort of, wandering the neighborhoods, playing with friends, making grandiose plans of the Leave It To Beaver variety.

These truly were the perfect first "chapter" books for second, third and fourth graders - accessible, interesting and easy to relate to.

For instance, in Eddie the Dog Holder, Eddie and a friend go into business painting dog portraits.
I picked the oldest book covers I could find.
Eddie gets to hold the dog while his friend does the portrait.  Just imagine how this rather inspired business could go awry.

In Haywood's New York Times obituary, (also referenced above) a reviewer, Phyllis Fenner, is quoted as saying this about Haywood's books. "...Carolyn Haywood makes the everyday doings of children exciting and funny, entering into them from a child's level. That is sheer genius and can't be done by calculation."

 It is hard to find Carolyn Haywood's books in print today.  But check your public library.  These books are still readable and fun.

BTW, does anyone remember Phyllis Fenner's great story collections?

(I vegged yesterday. No excuse. At all. None.)

1 comment:

  1. Geez, her name is familiar but I don't think I read a single book by her. I wonder why our school library didn't have any of her books? I know our small school didn't because I literally read every book we had. Gonna check her out. Thanks Karen!