Shabby Sunday is a meme created by Mischenko at ReadRantRock&Roll with the aim of sharing some vintage or older books in our collections. Please check out this wonderful blog when you have a chance!
I think this is a fabulous idea so I decided to join in this Sunday and may do so some other times as well since I do have a few older books I’d love to share.
Today I’m sharing a children’s book that I’ve had in my collection since the early 90’s, Cupid and Psyche A Love Story by Edna Barth with illustrations by Ati Forberg. I bought this used from the library so I don’t think it’s a first edition (how would it have survived so long in circulation?) but it is definitely older and it was originally published in 1976.
This book recounts one of my favorite myths, that of Cupid and Psyche. It is very Beauty and the Beast-like and so of course I just it. Since this is a children’s book it’s short and pretty simple but it’s still told in a beautiful way that can be enjoyed by anyone. The best thing about this book, however, are the wonderful illustrations by Ati Forberg. I really love the style!
I love the way some of the illustrations span both pages and work really well with the layout of the text as well. And that they’re black and white! I’m all for colorful illustrations but there’s something about the black and white that really lends strength to the style here.
I really love this book and have probably read it thirty or forty times at least. It’s such a short little story, but a great one and a classic. My copy is all but falling apart. I don’t think this is in print anymore, but I have seen used copies around. I wouldn’t mind picking up a better copy at some point because mine is definitely well-loved.