The 1950s were a very different time from today and many view them as an idyllic state that has vanished forever. Yet even then, Groiler, the publisher of Through Golden Windows, felt children were growing up in a complicated world where “material things are assuming increasing importance.” They noted crowded schools with crowded playgrounds and “family ties are weakening and children suffer from want of close, two-parent affection and guidance.” Their hope was that an anthology of stories would make reading interesting and fun for children so they could “find early the absorbing joy of reading.”
I found these at an estate sale and they were just too pretty to pass up, not to mention that they are filled with wonderful stories and information.
The pastel bindings are covered in vintage drawings and illustrated throughout by the likes of Maurice Sendak and Ezra Jack Keats, among others.
We should tell more stories where the characters wear spotted robes and blue feathered hats.