Sunday, June 5, 2011

We Were Tired of Living in a House

Original, Doris Burn's illustrated cover

In my personal opinion, it's a tragedy and outrage that the Doris Burn's illustrated edition of We Were Tired of Living in a House (c. 1969) hasn't been republished!  Here Liesel Moak Skorpen crafted a clever story:
                     We were tired of living in a house.
                     So we packed a bag with
                     sweaters and socks and scarves
                     and mittens and woolen caps.

title pages

But what has made this story so positively, absolutely delightful are the charming and imaginative illustrations of Doris Burn.  Yes, yes, yes there's a 1999 reprint illustrated by Joe Cepeda.  But I ask you: why improve upon perfection?!  It completely eludes me as to why it would be an option.  Just look at these illustrations:

We liked our tree . . .

We liked our pond . . .

Burns makes living in a tree or on a pond or near a cave or by the sea look so appealing that I was ready to pack my own bags (the tree bit is my personal favorite)!  Either way, and I'll submit to either edition, this is a summer must read, for in the end it's another wonderful story reiterating the time proven fact that there's no place like home.

7 comments:

  1. Totally agree. The pictures were such an appealing part of the book. The newer version is not nearly as charming.

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  2. I was born in 64 and this is my favorite book ever. I have a copy and have read it to my kids and grandkids. I have it me memorized. ;-)

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  3. I loved this book, especially the illuustrations! Where can I find a copy of the original version?

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  4. I totally agree. This was a book of my wife's. This was my favorite book to read to my kids (now 21, 21, and 19). We just lost our home and this treasure to a fire. I would so love to find a copy to give to my wife.


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  5. I was born in 1969, and this book was my "Genesis." My dad used to read it to me, I read it in kindergarten show-and-tell. Doris Burns' illustrations are pure perfection.

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  6. I treasure my copy! I read it over and over again as a little girl and read it to my boys as they grew up. It was one of their favorites, too. Someday, I hope to read it to my grandchildren!

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  7. I treasure my copy! I read it over and over again as a little girl and read it to my boys as they grew up. It was one of their favorites, too. Someday, I hope to read it to my grandchildren!

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