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Tibor Gergely's Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories Hardcover – 1967

4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Press; 11th Printing edition (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307165299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307165299
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amy Hines on February 20, 2013
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Yes, this is old. Yes, this is simple-minded. Yes, this is old-fashioned in its stories and themes. But I love reading it to my kids, probably because it brings back fond memories of bedtime stories with my mom and dad. In these stories, fathers have certain roles, mothers too, animals are animated and clever, and there is nostalgia for trains, boats, and captains of industry. It's very thick and heavy, but is a classic. Tibor Gergely had a way with capturing children's attention.
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[Content]
The stories are wonderful for both children and adults with beautiful art on nearly every page. With over 30 stories across over 300 pages, readers are sure to have favourites that they will love and remember for years. Some stories are told as poems but are short and fun with large artworks per page that children won't be bored of. Some of my family's favourite stories include "Little Yip-Yip and His Bark", "Tootle", "The Happy Man and His Dump Truck", "Lion's Cub's Busy Day", "Rupert the Rhinoceros", "The Deep Blue Sea" and "The Happy Little Whale". All of the stories have happy endings and pleasant experiences. The stories vary in maturity of the situations and style of writing allowing for different stories for different ages. For a book with so many art on every page, there aren't any scary images, although the circus story has an image of a clown, which still scares me a bit, and the story with the rhinoceros can be scary story-wise but not art-wise.

[Hardware]
The book has a very thick hard-cover but does not feel durable. The spine of the book is very weak and flimsy. I once owned this book when I was a child and after some years of use the pages started falling out. I realised that opening the book more than a 90-degree angle over extended use can lead to this problem. I recommend you don't open the book too much and be careful among little children opening it as well.

[Conclusion]
This is a very rare book. I'm glad to have found this on Amazon. The stories are great and memorable and will encourage you to come back to your favourite ones even when you're an adult. The book requires that you take very, very good care of it (which I will do now that I'm older). If you want a bedtime story book that is sure to span generations of families, please get this (new or used) as it is rare and can get more and more expensive and hard to get as time passes. This has got to be the best bedtime story book ever.
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This book takes me back to when I was little and all the Golden Book stories with their beautiful illustrations that I was read to and then read for myself. I put a photo of the book and also the table of contents to explain better. The illustrations are superb and very colorful and cute.

I agree with the previous reviewer, that this is one book to be handed down through the family. Or, just hang on to it to enjoy for yourself. I love children's books and this is one of the ones that I will hang on to.
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... This is truly the best children's book ever. The stories may seem dated in so far as the era the stories take place in ("Someday we may go to the moon") but that only adds to the book's appeal. Simply put, a story about Daddies, mail carriers and fire fighters, are more engaging and more enjoyable than ANY adventure Elmo or the teletubies will ever have. If you can find this book, get it!
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My parents saved this book from when I was a child as it was my favorite (printed 1967). Now I read the same book to my 2 year old and it's his favorite too!! While I agree it's somewhat dated ("daddies go to work" concepts vs. "parents") it really is a wonderful book and I read my own versions to my son - They just don't make books like this anymore.
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Stories include:

Christopher and the Columbus by Kathryn and Byron Jackson
A Day in the Jungle by Janette Sebring Lowrey
The Jolly Barnyard by Annie North Bedford
Scuffy the Tugboat and His Adventures Down the River by Gertrude Crampton
Tootle by Gertrude Crampton
Travel by Kathleen N. Daly
Little Red Riding Hood by Elsa Jane Werner
Little Gray Donkey by Alice Hunt
Five Little Firemen by Margaret Wise Brown and Edith Thacher Hurd
Animal Gym by Beth Greiner Hoffman
The Taxi That Hurried by Lucy Sprague Mitchell, Irma Simonton Black, and Jessie Stanton
A Year in the City by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
The Merry Shipwreck by Georges Duplaix
The Three Bears by Elsa Jane Werner
Seven Little Postmen by Margaret Wise Brown and Edith Thacher Hurd
Little Yip-Yip and His Bark by Kathryn and Byron Jackson
Fire Engines
Houses by Elsa Jane Werner
The Happy Man and His Dump Truck by Miryam
Lion Cub’s Busy Day by Barbara Shook Hazen
The Seven Sneezed by Olga Cabral
Rupert the Rhinoceros by Carl Memling
Make Way for the Thruway by Caroline Emerson
Daddies by Janet Frank
Wheel on the Chimney by Margaret Wise Brown
The Little Red Caboose by Marian Potter
About the Seashore by Kathleen N. Daly
Animal Orchestra by Ilo Orleans
The Deep Blue Sea by Bertha Morris Parker and Kathleen N. Daly
Gergely’s Colden Circus by Peter Archer
The Happy Little Whale by Jane Werner Watson and Kenneth Norris
The Golden Year by Peggy Parish
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Bought this book 40 years ago for my kids and it was torn and ratty-looking. Was excited to see it back and brand new looking but with the same beloved stories. Purchased as a gift for my brother's grandson and my brother was so excited...he remembered when Mom and Dad had read all those stories to us when we were little.
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