Saturday, 13 February 2010

Pookie the Rabbit with Wings

 
'Pookie' by Ivy Wallace was one of my favourite favourite ever books when I was little. I just thought that a rabbit with wings was such a great idea!  Or such a nice idea at least.  Probably not very practical!  I love the way Pookie is drawn though, so that the bottom half of his body is kind of ball-like.  I think he is one of the best stylized rabbits in kids books ever!
 Pookie lives in Bluebell wood where there are lots of fairies and elves and other animals and one day (before his wings grow big and are just tiny flimsy things) he sets out to seek his fortune.  Eventually he meets a girl who takes him in and looks after him and his wings blossom and he is happy.  And then he continues to go on adventures!
This picture ^ is from 'Pookie Puts the World Right,' where he tells Winter to go away because he is mean and destructive.  Then he has to go on a mission to find Winter and apologize because he realises that nature can't function properly without one of the seasons.

Among his adventures Pookie takes a trip to the seaside in one book...

Goes to Wonderland...

And gets captured by the circus. (I think this one was my very favourite)

Does anyone else remember these books? I found them totally entrancing!

29 comments:

libby said...

Yes I have very fond memories of Pookie which is why at the age of 53 I am searching for info about the books. It was wonderful to see your copies of the illustrations. They took me right back.sumecoc

Aliix in Wonderland said...

Pookie books were my absolute favorite when I was little. The whole idea of a flying rabbit just grasped at my imagination and never let go.I would sit for hours (probably only minutes in child time) looking at the illustrations.They were so beautiful and detailed I would make up more stories from them.

Aliix in Wonderland said...

Pookie books were my absolute favorite when I was little. The whole idea of a flying rabbit just grasped at my imagination and never let go.I would sit for hours (probably only minutes in child time) looking at the illustrations.They were so beautiful and detailed I would make up more stories from them.

jack said...

carmel said... I'm so glad there are so many lovers of this dear little rabbit. My younger sister who had Down's Syndrome was awarded one at our school over 50years ago and I have the privilege of now having it as she has passed on. I too would dearly love to have all titles of the series. I have, Pookie at the Seaside and Pookie in search of a Home. Was there six titles in the series?

Victoria Stitch said...

There are actually 10 books in the series!

syreeta said...

I loooooooove pookie!...I have only read the first one which has held a very special place in my heart ever since i was small. I would love to get copies and read all the ones i have missed. Beautiful illustrations.

kikiak said...

Yes I had that same book - it's still knocking around at my grandmother's house all tattered from being read so many times. It was one of my favorites...so magical :) Thanks for posting the great images - it really brings me back to my childhood.

Anonymous said...

Delighted to see the Pookie pictures!And to hear the wonderful comments. Pookie has a huge following right across the world and we hope he will return soon to delight a whole new generation! I will let Victoria know future developments. Fingers crossed - or "paws crossed" as Pookie would say! Cherry (Ivy Wallace's daughter)

Rebel said...

Thank you for bringing back the most beautiful memories of Pookie to me. When I was little, a kind neighbour gave our family a box of secondhand books and Pookie was amongst them. I claimed it and spent many happy hours reading and looking at the beautiful illustrations. I think Pookie is responsible for Rebel my alter-bear!

angie said...

Angie said; I had pookie and the swallows,(the book, not an illness!) I thought it was beautiful, and it s haunted me for years, as I could n't remember the author. The internet is a wonderful invention, as it has given me back this amazing childhood memory. Such beautiful illustrations,I look forward to sharing it with my grandchildren.

Gillian said...

I adored my Pookie book. I used to spend hours looking at the beautiful illustrations and imagining myself as Pookie being recued by the beautiful Belinda. My image of Belinda was shattered however when much later I met the most ghastly real life Belinda and was very upset that she wasn't sweet and beautiful like Pookie's Belinda!
I would love to have my Pookie book back.
I am 54 now. Thanks for bringing back wonderful memories.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how to contact the publishers of Pookie? I understand Ivy Wallace's daughters are actively publishing the books for a new generation and I would like to contact them. The office phone numbers are not published.

Anonymous said...

can anyone tell me where i can buy the pookie books online for under £5 or so each? many thanks alisonlouisebell@yahoo.co.uk

Marilyn said...

I was thrilled to see the illustrations from Pookie, my favorite childhood book over 60 years ago. My worn and 'coloured-in' copy became my daughter's favorite book too. We'd endlessly look at the magical illustrations, particularly the forest and cozy tree trunk scenes and imagine ourselves communing with fairies. In fact I still like to believe there are little people living in the garden and woods! Now my daughter has a daughter of her own and Pookie is still a favorite. I only ever thought there was one book, the first one, and I'm ecstatic that they may be reprinted and available in Canada so that my granddaughter can enjoy the further adventures of this little winged rabbit, and experience through Belinda what unconditional love looks like .

Raymond said...

OH yes I can still vividly relive my imagination, how my granddad brought Pookie to life when reading to me 55 years back – Now I have to explain to my granddaughter why I call her Pookie rabbit, and I cannot find any pookie books to show her, with your help I now can show her the pictures - . Thanks for evoking fond memories of my childhood.

chevingirl said...

I always think of Pookie living his life "with lettuces and love". The most beautiful books of my childhood. I do hope Ivy Wallace was aware of just how much joy her books brought us.

Anonymous said...

I have always loved the Pookie books - even now I can remember the wonderful, detailed illustrations. As I child I used to spend ages looking at the pictures.

The part I love most is his mum having to roll his wings up when he went to sleep. Oh, and how Belinda rescues him when his little heart has got frozen.

Thank you Ivy Wallace for these enchanting stories of a rabbit with wings, and for igniting my imagination! Pamela

Balazs Dibuz said...

I am making a "Reading Timeline" for the middle school English teacher at our school and I have chosen Pookie Sets the World Right as my first item. I can't believe there are others out there who remember this book and this character. I wish I had kept that old book with the cloth binding. It would be worth all the money in the world to me.

Jim said...

Jim I remember getting pookie books from Oldham library in the fifties.I must have been about 5 - 6 years old. I loved pookie and the books seemed so big! going back as a teenager I was surprised to find them so small. I have been doodling flying rabbits e ver since.

SuzieR said...

Thank you for sharing your memories of Pookie. He was my favourite book as a child. I had 'Wonderland' and 'Seaside'. Pookie provided me with much fertile ground for childhood imagination. I found an old library copy for $4 of 'Wonderland' and was able to share a little part of my childhood with my own two girls. Bliss.

Alice said...

today I found a baby rabbit under the cover of my air conditioning unit. I started to think of a name for it, and suddenly remembered the Pookie books I had as a child. When I was in grade 3 I contacted Scarlet Fever and my Pookie and other books were ordered burned by the city health Dept. My grade 3 teacher gave me a book for Christmas Called The magic Squirrel. I cant find anything about it. Thanks everyone for the fond memories of dear Pookie!

Ciocia said...

i do hope Alice looks in again. i've found "The Magic Squirrel":
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6344549-the-magic-squirrel

i don't know how to contact someone via Blogger other than to post a reply.

BTW, Pookie's fans can find a group of like-minded readers on Facebook. Just search for Fans of Pookie the Rabbit.

Jenny said...

Just found your blog.....I loved Pookie stories as a child and in actuall fact pookie was my imaginary friend when I was little and we went on lots of adventures....

Anonymous said...

I grew up loving Pookie from a very young age & kept my books, eventually I read them to my little girl. The illustrations are magical. I grew up in tropical Nth QLD, so the pictures of English woods, animals & SNOW seemed very exotic.

Anonymous said...

Pookie where are you? The world needs you!

Allison Stevens said...

I can't believe so many people remember Pookie the rabbit! He was and still is one of my favourites. I live in Australia, but my mother was English and encouraged me to read English children's books. Memories of Pookie are so cherished as I think wonderful things discovered in childhood stay with you forever. Thank you for reintroducing Pookie! Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens said...

I can't believe so many people remember Pookie the rabbit! He was and still is one of my favourites. I live in Australia, but my mother was English and encouraged me to read English children's books. Memories of Pookie are so cherished as I think wonderful things discovered in childhood stay with you forever. Thank you for reintroducing Pookie! Allison Stevens

Anonymous said...

Hi
Pookie was my favorite and I had no idea there was more than one book! I have adopted a daughter and will read it to her and get all the other's in the series.
Do know if there are any wall stickers of Pookie - would love to have them in her room!!
Judy in South Africa

Victoria Stitch said...

Hi Judy, thank you for your comment. I doubt there would be any wall stickers to be honest. It would be great if there were though!