Book: Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Disney Little Golden Book
Author: Diane Muldrow
Age Range: 12 and up
I enjoy the "Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book" series, despite the fact that I'm never really sure who the books are meant for. Nostalgic adults, I suppose. Diane Muldrow goes through various illustrations from the wide array of Little Golden Books, and constructions inspirational / entertaining collections on various themes (love, Christmas, etc.). I've gotten a kick out of flipping through these books. But Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Disney Little Golden Book is definitely my favorite.
Muldrow starts with "Does your life seem more "ho-hum" ..." (image of Snow White scrubbing a floor) "or you're unsure of your direction in life" (image of Alice in Wonderland, lost). She suggests encouragement "because magic is all around us", and proceeds to celebrate things like friendship, music, and dancing, all through the many Disney-themed Little Golden Books.
While I'm not specifically familiar with all of the books that are included, they are mostly either from classic stories that I know or from Disney movies that I've seen. Thus I was able to place nearly all of the illustrations, without needing the tiny attributions included in the lower corner of each page. Many of them, like Simba and his dad looking up at the stars, and Boo leading Sully by the hand, made me smile.
The bottom line is if you are a fan of Little Golden Books, or you are a fan of Disney movies and stories, you'll find much to smile about in Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Disney Little Golden Book. And although these books aren't really meant as picture books for kids, I do plan to read this one with my daughter. I think she's going to love identifying all of the movies. Perhaps she'll find, as I did on reading this, that she leaves the book feeling hopeful and inspired. A happy thing all around. Recommended.
Publisher: Golden Books (@RandomHouseKids)
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher
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