These "orange cover" books, seem to be the coveted editions, although my research hasn't led me to which of these copyright years is the most desirable. I suppose it is the ones you like the best! I have several of all of the editions, and two different editions of volume 6. The copyright dates of these 'orange' books are 1942, 1947, 1949, and 1954.
I LOVED these books as a child. I pored through each one until I'm sure the print was entirely rubbed off. (I slightly exaggerate), but the illustrations are burned into my memory in many happy ways. I have to laugh... one story I loved to death, was Peter Rabbit. I don't recall reading the original Beatrix Potter book as a child. When I started collecting her books in my twenties, the illustrations were only vaguely familiar. But when I looked at the Peter Rabbit story in my Childcraft book, the illustrations brought back a flood of memories! I thought I'd add it here, to show you how scary Old Mr. MacGregor was!
The earliest Childcraft books had twelve volumes, of which 9 were instructional and 4 were parent guides; the later editions had 15 volumes. There were also two oversized volumes: one on art and music, and the other on science and industry.
|The oversized Art and Music, and Science and Industry books|
|An illustration from the Art and Music volume|
Here are some further photos of these wonderful books!
|This is one of those illustrations that brings back so many memories! I loved these illustrations!|
|This is the title page of my 1954 Volume 5, Life in Many Lands. It's the one I remember best.|
|These are the endpapers of the same volume 5 from 1947, but it is called Our Own Country and Foreign Lands|
|One of my favorite stories, Locked In, by Elizabeth Enright from Thimble Summer.|
|An example of the earlier, more simple illustrations from the 1947 edition.|