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Vintage Children's Books about Pie

Stumbled on these wonderful-looking titles by googling “vintage children’s books pie” in search of a new Twitter wallpaper background image.

Pickle-Chiffon Pie by Jolly Roger Bradfield, circa 1960-something, reissued by Purple House Press.

The Blueberry Pie Elf by Jane Thayer, illustrated by Seymour Fleishman. Originally published by William Morrow and Company in 1959 and reissued by Purple House Press.

A Apple Pie by Kate Greenaway, published by George Routledge and Sons, 1886 and reprinted by Frederick Warne (found via Vintage Kids’ Books My Kid Loves Blog).

Mud Pies and Other Recipes: A Cookbook for Dolls by Marjorie Winslow, illustrated by Erik Blevad. Originally published by Macmillan in 1961 and reprinted by NYR Children’s Collection  (hardcover) and Walker Books for Young Readers (paperback).

Via Vintage Childrens Books Set on Flickr (Google’s not immediately revealing publishing details — if anybody knows, please let me know.)

The Illustrated Treasury of Children’s Literature published by Dutton in 1955

(Thanks to Amy Worley for reminding me of “The Three Little Kittens” and to Jen Bekman for running to her bookshelf to identify the illustration!)

The Three Little Kittens

by Mother Goose

Three little kittens lost their mittens

And they began to cry,
”O, mother dear,

We very much fear

That we have lost our mittens.”

“Lost your mittens!
You naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.”

“Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.”
”No, you shall have no pie.”

“Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.”

The three little kittens found their mittens,

And they began to cry,
”O, mother dear,

See here, see here!

See! we have found our mittens.”

“Put on your mittens,
You little kittens,
And you may have some pie.”

“Purr, purr, purr,
Oh, let us have the pie.

Purr, purr, purr.”

The three little kittens put on their mittens,

And soon ate up the pie;
”O, mother dear,

We very much fear

That we have soiled our mittens.”

“Soiled your mittens!
You naughty kittens!”

Then they began to sigh,

“Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.”

The three little kittens washed their mittens,

And hung them out to dry;
”O, mother dear,

Do you not hear,

That we have washed our mittens?”

“Washed your mittens!
Good little kittens!
But I smell a rat close by!”

“Hush, hush! Mee-ow, mee-ow! 
We smell a rat close by!

Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow!”

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