Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Baby Ways" - A Treasury of Children's Stories

For awhile now, I have been on the lookout for a certain type of book . . . one that was similar to a book that Leah had found recently that was full of wonderful stories for children that not only promote good character and morals, but are fun to read as well. The book also had so many beautiful, old illustrations in it! And that is one thing that can draw me to a book rather quickly.

Well, when we went antiquing for my Mom's birthday outing, I found just such a bo
ok . . .

I have already read through it and love the content! The stories are each about a pag
e or two long and at least one illustration accompanies each one. The stories are not only enjoyable to read, but they also teach moral lessons (such as obedience to parents, serving others, unselfishness, patience, etc.) There are also a few stories that encourage faith, prayer, and one's relationship with God. And again, the illustrations are beautiful. Here are a few of the larger ones (and each illustration has a story that goes with it) . . .

In addition to the stories, there are a number of poems throughout the book as well, and I loved this one . . . .

'Tis home where mother is, - sweet home,
Though low the roof, and bare the floor;
There's welcome here for all that come,
And sunshine gathers round the door.

Her busy hands, her willing feet,
Her heart so full of love and care,
Her ear so quick, her voice so sweet,
She carries comfort everywhere!

She quickly dries each childish tear;
With mother-balm heals every pain;
Her quiet face dispels each fear,
And hope and courage brings again.

She fills with wholesome work and play
The busy days that go and come;
How sad the child who cannot say,
' 'Tis home where mother is, - sweet home!'

Needless to say, I was thrilled to find this book and look forward to using it for 'storytime' with little ones that we know!


  1. This sounds like such a sweet book... One that I would greatly enjoy reading with my little sister! Thank you for sharing, dear friend!

    Many Blessings,

  2. Oh, what a sweet book! It is such a treasure when you can find wholesome, character-building books.Tthank you for sharing that lovely poem, it was such a blessing to read!

    In Christ,

  3. A treasure for sure Sarah! I love old artwork such as you posted from the book. A few of our schoolbooks have art like that.♥ I enjoy older stories and are adding some wonderful books to your collection.

  4. It is, Jenna! And I am sure that you and Jessa would love reading it together. :) What special times you two must have together!

  5. Isn't it, though, Shannon?! And I would agree with you . . . it is always a blessing to come across good, wholesome, character-building books. They are getting harder and harder to find these days! I am glad that you enjoyed the poem!

  6. Those were my thoughts as well, Ellen! Isn’t the old artwork wonderful?! And how nice that some of your schoolbooks have illustrations like this. It would certainly make school a little more enjoyable. :) Like you, we enjoy the older stories and books as well, and we’re thankful to be able to be slowly adding to our collections!


Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)