Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
Top 8 Children’s Book Animals on U.S. Postage Stamps
I never cared much about the artwork on postal stamps until Little Miss was born. Before, I would buy stamps from a vending machine while visiting my PO box. Now, I buy commemorative stamps at the office counter.
- In 2004, I bought photo stamps bearing my newborn’s face.
- In 2005, I bought 37 cent Muppets stamps.
- Yesterday, I bought 39 cent children’s picture book animal stamps.
As a dad, I’ve fallen into some U.S. Postal Service marketer’s target demographic and am helpless against his scheming ways. Using stamps with child-oriented themes seems in some small measure a way for me to express my daddyhood to the general public, or at least to a handful of postal workers who process and deliver my envelopes.
The Postal Service’s "Favorite Children’s Book Animals" 2006 commemorative stamps feature eight different book characters. The stamps are like a test of your children’s book knowledge. I failed miserably.
- Wild Thing from Maurice Sendak’s book Where the Wild Things Are (1963).
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar from Eric Carle’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969).
- Curious George from Margret and H.A. Rey’s book Curious George Flies a Kite (1958).
I recognized after reading the character’s names…
- Fox in Socks from Dr. Seuss’ book Fox in Socks (1965). Sorry, my memory gets fuzzy after Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs & Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
- Wilbur from illustrator Garth Williams and author E.B. White’s book Charlotte’s Web (1952). Hmm, I don’t remember Charlotte’s Web being a picture book.
I’m totally clueless about these characters…
- Frederick by Leo Lionni’s book Frederick (1967).
- Maisy from Lucy Cousins’ book Maisy’s ABC (1994).
- Olivia from Ian Falconer’s book Olivia (2000).
How many of the eight postage stamp characters do you have in your home? Which of your favorite animal characters are missing from the stamps?