Little Golden Books, children's favorites, turn 50Happy...

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July 07, 1992|By Mary Maushard

Little Golden Books, children's favorites, turn 50

Happy Birthday, Little Golden Books.

The tiny tomes have belonged to children all over the country for 50 years. From the original 12 books, the collection has grown to more than 1,000 titles that have sold more than 1 billion books, according to the parent company, Western Publishing of Racine, Wis.

The best-selling Little Golden Book is one of the first 12, "The Poky Little Puppy," written by Janette Sebring Lowrey and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren. It has been through 74 reprints and sold an estimated 14 million copies, says the company.

Among the other originals were "The Little Red Hen," "Prayers for Children," "Three Little Kittens" and "The Animals of Farmer Jones." To celebrate the half-century, Western Publishing is re-issuing the first dozen books -- each in its original 42 pages -- as a limited, boxed set that will sell for about $19.95. The original books cost 25 cents each.

The company is also re-issuing six of its other most popular tales: "Doctor Dan The Bandage Man," "The Sailor Dog," "The Taxi That Hurried," "My Puppy," "The Shy Little Kitten" and "I Can Fly."

First aid and CPR

Essex Community College is offering several courses this month in first aid and CPR for child care providers. For family day care providers, there is a course July 18 in basic life support and emergency cardiac care for infants and young children.

For people who work in child care centers, there is a course July 22 and 23 in first aid for infants and children and another in basic life supports July 27. For more information and to register, contact Bob Callahan in the Office of Continuing Education at the college, 522-1205.

Camps are thriving, despite recessionary times. The number of young campers nationally has jumped from 4 million in 1987 to 5.3 million this year, according to the American Camping

Association.

Breast milk for baby

Babies should be breast-fed for the first six to 12 months and shouldn't be given cow's milk or low-iron formula before their first birthday, according to a new policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The group says the only acceptable alternative to breast milk is iron-fortified infant formula.

Worth noting

* "Families of Separation and Divorce Project." Six-week workshops for children 6-7 and 8-10 to help them understand and deal with the stresses of divorce. Workshops begin July 15 at Jewish Family Life Institute. Call Joan Kristal at 466-9200, Ext. 307.

* "Parent Addiction . . . Are You Too Close to Your Child?" Free booklet on how parents contribute to a child's shyness includes a quiz on parental dependence. Write: Parent Addiction, Berent Associates for Social Therapy, 6 Grace Ave., Great Neck, N.Y. 11021.

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