Picture Books Set
100 Years Ago
· Bartone, Elisa. Pepper
· Bradley, Helen.
And Miss Carter Wore Pink. Holt, 1972/1971. Scenes from an Edwardian
childhood: large detailed paintings with text beneath; "the best Christmas
card of a decade" John Fowles.
· Bradley, Helen. "In the
Beginning Said Great Aunt Jane".
· Bradley, Helen. Miss
Carter Came With Us. Little Brown, 1974/1973. Primitive paintings
of Miss Carter's outings in the early days of this century.
· Bradley, Helen. The Queen
Who Came to Tea. London: Jonathan Cape, 1978. More paintings of the
early days of this century.
· Bridgeman, Clare.
The Book of Shops. London: Dent and New York: Dutton, 1902, A tour
through many little shops at the turn of the century. How nice it must
have been to have a bird shop or a baby linen shop.
· Brown, Don - Alice Ramsay's
Grand Adventure (based on the real AR's cross- country trip ca1909)
· Bunting, Eve. The Blue
and the Gray
· Cooney, Barbara.
Hattie and the Wild Waves. Viking, 1990. Based on the early
life of Barbara Cooney's mother and set in New York state at the turn of
the century. Hattie, a child who loves to paint, watches her brother and
sister enter their grown up lives and trusts the wild waves to tell her
what to choose.
· Cooney, Barbara.
· Edwards, Frank B.
The Greatest Zoo on Earth, is set in NYC in 1899 Illustrator: John Bianchi.
Pokeweed Press, 2000
· Field, Rachel. "General
Store" in picture book format
· Geisert, Bonnie and Arthur.
Prairie Town. Houghton Mifflin, 1998. Story of the growth of life in a
prairie town 100 years ago. Fascinating details in Geisert's wonderful
· Gibbons, Faye. Mama and
Me and the Model T (c. 1999). In the story, Mama decides she wants to learn
to drive the family's brand-new Model T.
· Goodall, John S. An Edwardian
Summer. Atheneum, 1976/1976. In this nostalgic picture book two children
wander through the gentle world of an English village in summertime before
the Great War. "The darker side of Edwardian England casts but the smallest
of shadows upon the general sense of confidence & peace"
· Goodall, John S. Naughty
Nancy. Atheneum, 1975/1975. A totally charming little flower
girl mouse has a wonderful time at an Edwardian wedding. I love the picture
of her taking a ride down the aisle on the bride's train! A wordless
book, full alternating with half pages.
· Hall, Donald. Ox-Cart
· Hall, Donald. Old Home
Day. illus. by Emily Arnold McCully. Browndeer/Harcourt, 1996. Story
of a New Hampshire town and the tradition of Old Home Day, established
in 1899 so that "everybody who had moved away from New Hampshire could
come back at the same time and visit."
· Hamilton, Virginia.
The Bells of Christmas. Harcourt Brace, 1989. The story of a traditional
Christmas in 1890, celebrated by an African American family who has lived
on this land beside the historic National Road in Ohio for generations.
· Hartford, John.
Steamboat in a Cornfield (1986) A rhyming text describes an incident on
the Ohio River in 1910 in which the steamboat Virginia went aground in
· Haynes, Mary. Pot
Belly Tales. Lothrop, 1982. This group of tales follows a pot belly
stove through a hundred years, starting with its manufacture.
· Houston, Gloria - My
· Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Illus. by: Cooper, Floyd Chita's Christmas Tree (1989) Papa and Chita
leave downtown Baltimore in a buggy to find a Christmas tree in the deep
· Joyce, William.
Santa Calls (1993) Art Aimesworth receives a mysterious summons from Santa
Claus and he shares a Christmas adventure with his sister that brings them
· Lasky, Kathryn
Illus. by: Catrow, David. She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head (1995)
A fictionalized account of the activities of Harriet Hemenway and Minna
Hall, founders of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, a late 19th century
Audubon Society that would endure and have impact on the bird-protection
· Levinson, Riki
Illus. by: Goode, Diane Watch the Stars Come Out (1985) A grandmother tells
her granddaughter about her mama's journey to America by boat, years ago.
· Levinson, Riki. I Go
with My Family to Grandma's
· Little, Weston.
Lessie Jones Little and Jan Spivey Gilchrist: Children of Long Ago; 1988;
reissued by Lee and Low, 2000 with an introduction by Little's daughter,
· Marissa Moss. True Heart.
illus. by C.F. Payne.Silver. Whistle/Harcourt, 1999. Young girl becomes
a engineer on the Union Pacific freight lines in the west.
· Martin, Jacqueline Briggs
Illus. by: Azarian, Mary Snowflake Bentley (1998)A biography of Wilson
Alwyn Bentley (1865 - 1931), a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands
of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.
· McCully, Emily Arnold
Illus. by: McCully, Emily Arnold Mirette on the High Wire (1992)
Mirette learns tight rope walking from Monsieur Bellini, a guest in her
mother's boarding house, not knowing that he is a celebrated tightrope
artist who has withdrawn from performing because of fear.
· McKissack, Patricia C.
Illus. by: Pinkney, Jerry. Mirandy and Brother Wind (1988) To win first
prize in the Junior Cakewalk, Mirandy tries to capture the wind for her
· Myers, Walter Dean.
Brown Angels (1993). A collection of poems, accompanied by photographs,
about African-American children living around the turn of the century.
· Myers, Walter Dean. The
Golden Serpent. Viking, 1980. An original tale by Myers set in turn
of the century India.
· Nixon, Joan Lowery (You
Bet Your Britches, Clyde!)
· Nyce, Vera. A Jolly
Christmas at the Patterprints. Parents, (1971). Charming watercolours,
with strong contrast, of mice on a Christmas night, first written, but
not published, by the Nyce sisters at the turn of the century.
· Oberman, Sheldon
Illus. by: Lewin, Ted. Always Prayer Shawl. Adam receives a prayer shawl
handed down from his grandfather, Adam, in this story of Jewish tradition
and the passage of generations.
· O'Kelly, Mattie Lou.
From the Hills of Georgia. Little Brown, 1983. "An Autobiography in Paintings"
Reproductions of the author's detailed, lively traditional paintings, showing
her childhood in the early 1900's.
· Pinkney, Andrea Davis
Illus. by: Pinkney, Brian J. Bill Pickett : Rodeo-Ridin' Cowboy. Describes
the life and accomplishments of Bill Pickett (1860-1932), the son of a
former slave whose unusual bulldogging style made him a rodeo star.
· Polacco, Patricia.
Pink and Say
· Provensen, Alice &
Martin Illus. by: Provensen, Alice & Martin. Glorious Flight
: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot (1983). A biography of Louis Bleriot
(1872-1936), the man whose fascination with flying machines produced the
Bleriot XI, which crossed the English Channel in thirty-seven minutes in
the early 1900's.
· Provensen, Alice &
Martin. A Peaceable Kingdom: The Shaker Abecedarius. Viking,
1978. An ABC based on the lives of Shakers in the late 19th c.
· Rael, Elsa Okon
Illus. by: Priceman, Marjorie. What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street (1996)
Zeesie, a Jewish girl living on Manhattan's Lower East Side, attends her
first "package party" where she learns about the traditions of generosity,
courage, and community among Jewish immigrants in the early 1900s.
· Say, Allen Illus. by:
Say, Allen. Grandfather's Journey (1993). A Japanese-American man
recounts his grandfather's life in the United States, his return to Japan,
and his feelings of homesickness no matter where he is.
· Schroeder, Alan
Illus. by: Fuchs, Bernie. Ragtime Tumpie (1989) Nine-year-old Tumpie, a
young black girl, who will later become famous as the dancer Josephine
Baker (1906-1975), longs to find the opportunity to dance amid the poverty
and vivacious street life of St. Louis in the early 1900s.
· Schroeder, Alan Illus.
by: Fuchs, Bernie. Carolina Shout ! (1995). Delia describes the music
she hears in the cries of various vendors on the streets of Charleston,
· Schur, Maxine Rose Illus.
by: Root, Kimberly Bulcken. Peddler's Gift (1999). A young boy in
turn-of-the-century rural Russia learns that appearances are often deceiving
after he steals and then tries to return a dreidel to the traveling peddler
· Sis, Peter. Small Tall
Tale from the Far Far North (1993). With the help of Eskimos, Jan Welzl
survives a perilous journey from central Europe to the Arctic regions in
the late 1800's.
· Smith, Barry. Minnie
and Ginger: A Twentieth Century Romance. Potter, 1990. Eighty years ago,
Minnie Hardcastle and Ginger Earnshaw fell in love and got married. Here
is the story of their life together, a quiet life interrupted only by the
war. Cheerful, detailed pictures chronicle their unfolding story.
· Smith, E. Boyd. The Seashore
Book. Houghton Mifflin, 1985/1912 Boyd's detailed watercolours
with their subtle colours here record ships and shipping at the turn of
the century. Bob and Betty spend a summer at the seashore with Captain
Ben Hawes, and their discoveries remain fascinating after almost 90 years.
· Stanley, Fay
Illus. by: Stanley, Diane. Last Princess : The Story of Princess
Ka'iulani of Hawaii (1991) Recounts the story of Hawaii's last heir to
the throne, Princess Kaiulani (1875-1899), who was denied her right to
rule when the monarchy was abolished by the influence of United States
business men. (P)
· Stephane, Nelly Illus.
by: Francois, Andre. Roland (1958). Roland has the amazing talent to bring
drawn animals to life from his drawings, but it causes chaos throughout
· Tunnell, Michael O.
Illus. by: Rand, Ted. Mailing May (1997) In 1914, because her family
cannot afford a train ticket to her grandmother's town, five-year-old May
gets mailed and rides the mail car on the train to see her grandmother.
Based on a true story.
· Tunnell, Michael.
Mailing May. Set in 1914 in Idaho, is based on a true story about
young May who is mailed to her grandmother 75 miles away because her parents
cannot afford the price of a train ticket.
· Ushinsky, K. How a Shirt
Grew in the Field. McGraw-Hill, 1967. Vasya's father was working
in the fields. "I'm sowing flax seeds so a shirt will grow for you and
your sister." Russian peasant life of a hundred years ago. Gay Ukrainian
peasant drawings in blue, red and white. Yaraslava illustrations.
· Watson, Mary. "The Butterfly
Seeds" about immigrants in America in the early 20th century.
· Williams, David. Grandma
Essie's Covered Wagon, illus by Viktor Sadowski. Knopf, 1993. We don't
often think of travel by covered wagon as late as the turn of the century,
but Williams writes from oral history the story of his Grandmother's travels
to Kansas, Oklahoma and back to Missouri by wagon.
· Yee, Paul - Roses Sing
on New Snow
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