“Childhood”.

This is ‘Kiddie Arts’, a series of digital paintings by Dutch artist Telmo Pieper inspired by the drawings he made when he was four.
Clearly, his technique has improved significantly since then. Have I ever told you in kindergarten I got an ‘Unsatisfactory’ in coloring because I couldn’t stay inside the lines?
Can you believe they even graded coloring?
The teacher met with my parents and they we’re all, “Yeah? Well maybe our son likes to think outside the box!” even though I knew they were super disappointed.
Plus when we were learning the alphabet I wrote all the letters backwards. But look at me now! “Even worse.” By like ten-fold.
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via Artist Recreates His Childhood Drawings As An Adult | Geekologie.

“Mural by Scribe.”

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If you have ever taken a child to Children’s Mercy Hospital, you can’t miss the colorful murals in waiting and exam rooms.
The artist who creates the vivid and whimsical animal characters, landscapes and seascapes in vibrant colors is Donald Ross.
Ross also goes by Scribe, a name from his roots as a graffiti artist.
You may have also seen his work in Westport, the Crossroads, or even as part of the design of some new city buses.
His paintings have been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Scribe is now the full time mural artist at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
via Graffiti Painter Becomes Hospital Muralist | KCUR.

Samuel Reshevsky, the Child Chess Prodigy.

Samuel Reshevsky, age 8, defeating several chess masters at once in France, 1920

Reshevsky was born at Ozorków near Łódź (in Poland). He learned to play chess at age four, and was soon acclaimed as a child prodigy.
At age eight he was beating accomplished players with ease, and giving simultaneous exhibitions. In November 1920, his parents moved to the U.S. to make a living exhibiting their child.
Reshevsky played thousands of games in exhibitions all over the U.S. He played in the 1922 New York Masters tournament; at that stage he was likely the youngest player to have competed in a strong tournament.
In his youth, Reshevsky did not attend school, and his parents appeared in District Court in Manhattan facing a charge of improper guardianship.
However, Julius Rosenwald, wealthy co-owner of Sears, Roebuck and Company in Chicago, soon afterwards became Reshevsky’s benefactor; Rosenwald guaranteed Reshevsky’s future on condition that he would complete his education.
Reshevsky never became a truly professional chess player.
He gave up competitive chess for seven years, from 1924 to 1931, to complete his secondary education. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1934 with a degree in accounting, and supported himself and his family by working as an accountant.
His 1941 marriage to Norma Mindick produced three children.
Reshevsky was a devout Orthodox Jew and would not play on the Jewish Sabbath; his games were scheduled accordingly.
Read on via Samuel Reshevsky – Wikipedia

“My Life as a Boy.”

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During the school holidays I would sit in the gutter out the front of Mum and Dad’s house at South Plympton and wish for lots of things.
I wished I was older, I wished time would go quicker. I wished I was back at school.
I wished the baker and his horse would pass by. Remember, those freshly baked loaves that had hot doughy centres.
Yummy! No sliced bread in those days.
I wished I had a pair of fluorescent glow in the dark socks. Lime green was the colour I wanted and when I got them I was too frightened to wear them.
I was too worried I would get a rock in the back of the head on my way home from the local Deli just for wearing them.
But most of all I wished the newsagent would hurry up each Thursday afternoon around 5 0’clock and deliver my precious copy of the British “Eagle” Magazine for boys.
Oh Joy!
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I would rush in to my room and read up on the latest exploits of Dan Dare (science fiction) and P.C. 49 (He was a kindly British Copper).
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“Tiny Wet Children”.

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Two tiny children stand outside in the rain in front of Saint Michel’s Catholic Church in the town of Boda, Central African Republic.
Image Credit: Photograph by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.
via Year in Photos 2014 – WSJ.com.

Dame Talkative’s Old Sayings.

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Dame Talkative’s Old Sayings,  for the amusement of young people; 1824?; E. Wallis, London.
A book of wonderfully illustrated rhymes which, although they appear to be for children, often veer into the world of more adult themes.
As well as a few thefts, at one point a boy threatens to beat a snail “as black as a coal”, a lady-bird’s children are said to be possibly dying in a house-fire, and Margery Daw is called a “nasty slut”.
The book seems to have been first published in 1818, with this being a later edition (a pencilled note on the inside pages indicating a date of 1824).
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[Source] Housed at: Internet Archive | From: California Digital Library
[Rights] Underlying Work: PD Worldwide | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights
[Rights] Download: PDF
Download Links and Options Available via Dame Talkative’s Old Sayings (ca.1824) | The Public Domain Review.