I recently purchased Emma Chichester Clark’s new version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I became a fan of Clark’s illustrations during a trip to London a few years ago and look forward to any new work by her. She is an award-winning illustrator of many children’s books, perhaps best known for Melrose and Croc and I Love You, Blue Kangaroo.
What struck me the most about her take on the Goldilocks story is how very much I want to live in the house where the Bears live. Forget the shelter magazines for decorating tips – just look at Goldilocks and the Three Bears. So, it got me thinking…what picture books would I most want to “spend the night in.” What books feature the coziest houses?
Since it’s Thursday, here are my top three picture book homes…
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Emma Chichester Clark
Dahlia by Barbara McClintock (look at the girl’s bedroom with all of the bird’s nests and seashells)
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (near the end of the book, when Miss Rumphis is very old, she’s sitting in a room filled with souvenirs of her travels, lots of books and an ocean view)