Altered Little Golden Book as Autograph Book and Art Journal

I usually make a new a autograph book for each trip to Disney (and if I don’t, I regret it).

For this trip, instead of a dedicated autograph book, I decided to take my Bongo the Bear altered Little Golden Book to use as an autograph book and art journal.

The story of Bongo the Bear

I’ll take my favorite retractable sharpies for the characters to sign with and just a pencil, eraser and a few watercolors in case I want to sit and paint in the park.

I’ve been making these books for a little less than a year and I really like them, though they are a little tedious to make so I have a bunch to catch up on.

Bongo is one of my all time favorite Disney stories and if you’ve never heard of it, please look up the film and give it a watch!

The story of Bongo the Bear is one segment in the 1947 compilation film called Fun and Fancy Free.

It’s been a while since I watched it but if I remember correctly, the film begins with a child’s birthday party in a live action segment staring Edgar Bergen and his ventriloquist dummies named Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd.

Edgar, Charlie and Mortimer are entertaining the children by telling them the stories of Bongo the Bear narrated by Dinah Shore and Mickey and the Beanstalk, narrated by Edgar Bergen.

The film includes two stories: Bongo, narrated by Dinah Shore, and Mickey and the Beanstalk and narrated by Edgar Bergen and based on the “Jack and the Beanstalk” fairy tale.

I believe you can watch it on Disney+

The gist of it

Bongo is the story of a little Circus bear who was mistreated and so runs away to live wild in the woods.

He soon finds out that he doesn’t actually know “how to bear” and finds it a big scary forest until seeing the girl-bear of his dreams!

Lulubelle and Bongo

Young-bear romance and hilarity ensue and Bongo soon finds that his girl-bear has an unwanted suitor named Lumpjaw and against the odds, Bongo needs to put him in his place!

Lumpjaw and Bongo

It’s a sweet and funny story and when I came across a vintage little golden book of Bongo, I HAD to have it!

I believe this printing is from 1948.

The back cover was in very bad shape, so when I took it apart and put it back together,  I put a new back cover on it.

Upon doing this, I discovered that modern little golden books are just slightly smaller but if I had used the original back cover the book could never have survived the transition to art journal.

Jiminy Cricket and Bongo

With every art journal I make, I add my favorite watercolor paper, a pocket to hold a card of paints and a stretchy band to hold and paint brush, pen or pencil.

I also, put the original story pages back in and create a new paper spine cover.

I’m really looking forward to using my Bongo art journal in the Parks!


Published by sharietomlinson

I’m Sharie. Owner of Butterfly Bunny Studio. Mixed Media Watercolor Artist, Bunny & Disney Lover, Gardener, Proud Mother to Josh, Bunny Momma to Princess Buttercup Bunny and Wifey to Jason. I am located in Columbia, Md but I’m a Harford County girl at heart! You can find me on Etsy at and on Instagram at @notjoshsmom Email me at

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