Monday, April 18, 2011

Oldies but Goodies ~ The Disney Book of the Month Club of the 70s

There are many things that could be the start of a person's love of Disney.  For me it was the Disney Book of the Month club, something I loved long before ever even knowing a Walt Disney World or Disneyland existed.  I received my first book when I was just four and remember my mom reading me these stories over and over.  As I got older, I remember reading them to my dolls, my brother and even to the other children in my neighborhood.  Recently, I even found out that one of my Disney friends was also a part of this book club!  Beth at A Disney Mom's Thoughts just posted a similar article about these books.  She and I have connected online through our love of Disney and the more we talk, the more we find we have in common.  Head over to her post Disney Book Club to see her favorites and her childhood memories of these books.  As she said when I e-mailed her about posting a similar article ~ great minds think alike!

I can tell from the covers of the books, which were my favorites.  Of the 60 or so books I have, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians and Brer Rabbit Saves His Skin were my favorites. These four books had ripped bindings, scuffed covers, pages falling out and curled up corners.  These injuries weren't from lack of care, but from an excessive love of reading them.  Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians, sadly, have not stayed together long enough to read them more than a handful of times to my own children, but I still have plenty others to share with them.

I am so happy that I have held onto these books through the years.  Pierre and I read to the kids every night, and though Joey, Hayley and Emily have hundreds of books to choose from, they rarely choose something other than one of these Disney books.  Each of them has their favorites, but they mostly are the Mickey, Donald and Goofy stories, though the Robin Hood books are close behind. 

What I find so funny is when we read the books, such as Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, which stars Mickey as Aladdin, Goofy as the Genie and Minnie as the princess, my kids would tell me "it isn't Aladdin, mommy, it's Mickey."  Being children who are very familiar with the Disney movie Aladdin, they could not understand why Goofy would be the genie.  After a few readings, my kids have accepted that Mickey and Goofy are "just pretending" and love to point out the things in the story that differ from parts of the movie.  This a great way to get those critical thinking skills working. 

When I read these stories to my children, it brings me back to when I was little and how much I loved Mickey and all his friends.  Having something like this to share with my own children is so special.  With all the new Disney-Pixar characters and Disney films, I wasn't sure these originals could compete, but they have and I couldn't be happier to have children who have a love of Disney as much as I do.

Don't forget to head over to my friend Beth's blog A Disney Mom's Thoughts to see her book club books (and all her other great posts!).  There are a few books the same as I posted here, but she has a few I must have missed!


Heidi said...

I was in that book club too, but obviously not for as long as you were, because I don't recognize many of the books you have pictured! I remember Mickey and the Beanstalk being one of my favorites, but I also loved Cinderella and 101 Dalmations!

Beth Green said...

Great post Beth! You put more thought into yours than I did! :) I look forward to reading what you have to share next!!!!!

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

I don't have the Mickey and the Beanstalk one! Beth had a few on hers I didn't either. But I do have so many more. Over at Disleeandia, they found the Mickey's Make It book, which is from this series too and my kids love making the crafts from it. We have the Mickey's Magic Tricks (I think that's the name). Joey made the magic wand a few weeks ago and I have been trying to teach him the magic tricks. It's pretty funny! :-) But I love these books!

Beth, this is why I e-mailed to see if you minded if I posted this. This was not one I wanted to delete! LOL!

Kelly said...

I love this!! I have all of my books too! They have the same logo on them...brings back a ton of memories.

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

It's interesting how the quality of kids books has changed. These books have lasted over 30 years and were well used. Some of the books I have recently purchased, even with good care, I know aren't going to last as long.

Next week, I'll be posting my Disney encyclopedia set! :-)

Diane M said...

I remember these books, as I looked at the pictures it brings back such memories, I have read some of them to my kids too. I love the covers on these books too.
I am following your blog now.

Andromache said...

I loved the magic grinder! We use to buy those in the early 90's...I still remember them being sold next to the check out at the grocery store. I wonder if they were just a reprint?

Magical Days with the Mouse said...

This is a WONDERFUL post. My parents just gave me three huge boxes of books from my childhood. I am now eager to go through them to see if any of these are in there.
I got warm fuzzies reading about you as a kid reading these, and now reading to your children. So heart warming. :)