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Songs and Stories From Uganda
Serwadda, W. Moses. Illustrated by Dillon, Leo and Diane
New York: Crowell (1974) First Printing 10"x8" Decorated white cloth. Fine in Near Fine dustjacket, spine slightly darkened. Transcribed and edited by Hewitt Pantaleoni. 80pp. A wonderful collection of music and folklore from East Africa. Words to the songs are given in Luganda, their original language, and spelled out phonetically so that they can be sung. An English translation is also provided. With striking two-color woodcut illustrations by the Dillons. [SOLD]

[Dr. Seuss] The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice
LeSieg, Theo. Illustrated by McKie, Roy. New York Random House, 1989. First Printing. 8vo Glazed pictorial boards. Fine. (20)pp with color illustrations. Paper engineering by Ib Penick. Super-duper mice entertain with moveable tabs, pop-ups and funny rhymes. Novelty items include a rubber band guitar, yarn and green whiskers on one mousie. Originally published as a Bright and Early Book for Beginner Books as The Many Mice of Mr. Brice. $125.00

The Story of A Little White Teddy Bear Who Didn't Want to Go to Bed
Sherrill, Dorothy. New York: Farrar & Rinehart (1931), Eighth Printing, 1944. 4.75''x7'' Blue cloth. Occasional light finger soil else Very Good in Good+ dustjacket, lightly chipped at spine ends and corners. (64)pp. Little White Teddy Bear runs away and becomes lost and his parents and older brother and sister find him and take him home and he doesn't even get a spanking. A charming wee book with hand-lettered text and color illustrations by the author. Bader pp. 74-75.[SOLD]

The Three Golden Keys
Sis, Peter. New York: Doubleday (1994). First Printing. 10.25"x12" Pictorial boards. Fine in Near Fine dustjacket. (60)pp. An intriguing blend of fairy tales and a quest for missing keys, set in the ancient city of Prague, Sis' own childhood home. New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. $65.00

My First Geography of the Americas
Sondergaard, Arensa. Illustrated by Kredel, Fritz. Boston: Little, Brown, 1942. First Edition. 4to Blue cloth. Near Fine. Jacket frayed with closed tears and creases to lower panel, light chipping, a small scraped area to the lower spine. 60pp with full-page and smaller color and black & white lithographic illustrations. An attractive production from the Artists and Writers Guild. $45.00

Kiki Dances
Steiner, Charlotte. Garden City: Doubleday (1949). Stated First Edition. Oblong 8vo. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. Slight darkening to end papers else Fine in Very Good+ dustjacket with tear to spine head. (32)pp with the author's color illustrations throughout. Kiki wants to be a dancer after seeing a ballet and her mother helps her get her wish. [SOLD]

Listen To My Seashell
Steiner, Charlotte. New York: Knopf (1959). First Edition. 10"x8" Lime yellow cloth decorated in red and blue. Tiny marginal spot to title page else Very Good+ Dustjacket chipped and torn. Another of Steiner's delightful books for little ones about the senses, told in rhyme and illustrated by her in bright, happy colors. Inscribed and signed by Steiner on the copyright page. A very uncommon signature. $150.00

The Story of Jumping Mouse
Steptoe, John. NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard (1984). First Printing. 9.25"x11.25" Glazed pictorial boards. Upper corners lightly bumped else Very Good. Very Good dustjacket with edge tears and wear. (40)pp with illustrations from the author's drawings. A beautiful and mystical Native American legend about a generous-spirited little mouse who is helped to the far off land of his dreams by a magic frog. Awarded a Caldecott Honor. [SOLD]

When I Was Nine
Stevenson, James. New York Greenwillow (1986) First Printing Small 4to Glazed Pictorial Boards Neat inscription to the front paste-down noting a little girl's first day of fourth grade. Very Good+ in Fine dustjacket. (32)pp with the author's evocative watercolor illustrations. Stevenson tells of his childhood in the 1930's and shows us how much things have changed and how much they've stayed the same. The lower jacket flap features a photograph of the author, his brother and his mother taken on a trip which is described in the book. $40.00

Hermann Kaulbach Bilderbuch
Stier, Adelheid. Stuttgart: Union Deutsche Verlagsgesellschaft, ca. 1910. 41.- 48. tausend. Quarto. Green cloth covered with illustrated paper. 66pp. Stories and poems written to accompany three full-page color plates and many full-page and smaller black & white illustrations from Kaulbach's paintings, the whole printed on heavy stock. Many of the images appear to have been produced from steel engravings and all feature Kaulbach's charming children and babies in a variety of everyday situations. A lovely production. Text in German. Corners bumped else Very Good+ Dustjacket lightly soiled, chipped at spine heel and corners. [SOLD]

Silver Pennies: A Collection of Modern Poems for Boys and Girls
Thompson, Blanche Jennings. Illustrated by Bromhall, Winifred. New York: Macmillan, 1943 (1925). 4.5''x6.5'' Green cloth decorated in black and silver. Near Fine in chipped and lightly soiled dustjacket. xxvi, 138pp with delightful little black & white drawings throughout. A wonderful collection of poetry from poets such as Walter de la Mare, Rose Fyleman, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost and many others, with Ms. Thompson's commentary prefacing each poem. This perennial favorite is a title in The Little Library series. [SOLD]

White Prince the Arabian Horse
Tousey, Sanford. Chicago: Whitman, 1945. First Edition. 8vo Cloth with large pictorial onlay. Fine in Fine dustjacket. 32pp with the author's wonderful color and black & white illustrations, both full page and smaller. Story of a little circus colt, White Prince, who runs away and ends up on the Tyler's farm, much to the delight of the young boy, Alf Tyler. Lovely copy. $65.00

Drawn From New England: Tasha Tudor, A Portrait In Words and Pictures
Tudor, Bethany. New York: Philomel (1981). Second Printing. Oblong octavo. Cloth-backed boards. Slight fading to edges else Near Fine in Very Good+ dustjacket, lightly frayed. 95pp with numerous photographs, drawings, and paintings in color and black & white. Bethany Tudor's affectionate biography of her mother gives us insight into Tasha Tudor as an artist and as a person who has created her own very special way of life. [SOLD]

[Volland] The Cat Whose Whiskers Slipped
Campbell, Ruth. Illustrations by Cadie, Ve Elizabeth. Joliet: Volland (1925). 8vo Pictorial boards with light paper flaking along upper spine edge, minor wear to corner tips else Very Good. (96)pp. A collection of animal and fairy stories with many marvelous full color Art Deco illustrations by Ve Elizabeth Cadie. A Volland "Happy Children" book. [SOLD]

[Volland] Peeps The Really Truly Sunshine Fairy
Cox-McCormack, Nancy. Illustrations by Dodge, Katharine Sturges. Joliet: Volland, 1918. 12mo Pink pictorial boards. Slightest darkening along gutter of upper cover else Fine in Very Good scarce original pictorial box (corner and flap tear mended, a few old tape marks). (40)pp with charming full and partial page color illustrations throughout by Dodge of wood fairies, gnomes, sprites and the "really truly" Sunshine Fairy Peeps, who slides down a rainbow to visit Betty and John. Lovely copy of a scarce Volland "Sunny Book". $300.00

[Volland] Over the Rainbow Bridge
Haynes, Louise Marshall. Illustrations by Browne, Carmen L. Joliet: Volland (1920). Twentieth Edition. 6"x7.5" (40)pp. Pictorial boards. Some paper loss at spine ends, corner wear, occasional fingering to text. Still a better than Good copy in the scarce original box, lightly soiled and with a small penciled name, the upper lid repaired at one corner. A book of poems about a child's everyday world accompanied by 16 lovely full-page pastel-colored plates and smaller illustrations of children playing. A title from the Volland "Sunny Book" series. [SOLD]

[Volland] Us Kids and the Circus
Kay, Gertrude Alice. Akron: Saalfield (1928). 1939 gift inscription. Originally published in 1927 by Buzza for Volland. 8vo Pictorial boards lightly worn at spine head and corners else Very Good. Dustjacket chipped at spine ends and corners. (96)pp with many wonderful full-page and smaller color and black & white illustrations of children and polar bears, elephants, and clowns against the gaiety and fun of a circus background. Stories within the story take the children to the land of the Esquimaux, to a desert Oasis where they meet a gorilla, and to other fabulous lands. $125.00

[Volland] Animal Children: The Friends of the Forest and the Plain
Kirkwood, Edith Brown. Illustrated by Ross, M. T. Joliet: Volland (1913). Third Edition. 8vo Color pictorial boards. Spine heel and upper corners lightly bumped, slight cover soil and minor fingering to text, else Very Good in Good original box (lightly soiled, piece missing from flap, child's name stroked out and crayon ? mark on cover). 96pp. Charming, funny, absolutely wonderful color illustrations of humanized animals on every page. There is an elephant in clown costume, a big-eyed pug dog in baby clothes, an ice skating polar bear, a giraffe in checked trousers and top hat, a squirrel baby in ribbons and lace and much more. A companion volume to Volland's Bird Children, Flower Children, etc. $250.00

[Volland] Top O'The Morning
White, Jessie Penniman. Illustrated by Campbell, Eleanor B. Joliet: Volland, (1931). 5"x6.5" Green decorated cloth. Neat gift inscription dated 1933 else Near Fine. Dustjacket chipped and worn. 110pp. Pictorial endpapers, black & white vignettes and ten lovely color plates by Eleanor Campbell, best known as the illustrator of Dick and Jane. This story of three Irish children is a rather scarce Volland title, particularly so in the dustjacket. $125.00

Among the Leaves and Grasses
Waugh, Dorothy. New York: Henry Holt, 1931. First Edition. 7.75"x10.5" Orange cloth decorated with yellow design. Minor spotting to head of text block else Very Good. Dustjacket frayed, lightly chipped and worn, spine slightly sunned. 93pp with the author's marvelous Art Deco illustrations and designs in orange, yellow, blue and a touch of green. "This book is about bees, wasps, crickets, grasshoppers, spiders, dragonflies, ants...these seven" -- and there is no other book quite like it! See Bader pp. 90-91. Rather scarce and absolutely wonderful. $275.00

Little Pussy-Cat
Weatherly, Fred C. Illustrated by Edwards, M. Ellen and Staples, John C. New York: Dutton, ca 1890's. 5"x6" Pictorial cloth-backed boards. Corner wear, light cover soil else Very Good. (24)pp. Eight pretty full-page chromolithographs with sepia line drawings decorating the text. A book of poetry which includes a poem entitled The Old Picture Book. "It was only a battered picture-book, But 'twas worth its weight in gold, For it spoke to the children's tender hearts, And its tales were never old." [SOLD]

The Little House in the Big Woods
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Illustrated by Sewell, Helen. New York: Junior Literary Guild (1932) Stated First Edition. 8vo Blue cloth decorated and lettered in brown. 176pp. Patterned endpapers, color frontis and fourteen splendid black & white illustrations by Helen Sewell. The first of Wilder's memorable series of stories about her pioneer family. These books are among the most beloved classics of American Children's Literature, woven into the very fabric of our collective consciousness. Extremely scarce. Penciled name and "April 1932" to half-title else Fine. Fragile dustjacket torn, upper panel and spine darkened, chipping at spine ends and corners. [SOLD]

Take Me Home
Wright, Dare. New York: Random, 1965. 4.5"x6.75" Pictorial boards with minor extremity wear, Christmas '65 gift inscription to front endpaper else Very Good+ Dustjacket with tiny nicks to spine heel, tape residue to tear on lower panel. Probable First Edition. (42)pp with the author's black & white photographic images throughout. Robin loves to live in the woods with the forest creatures but then she's adopted by a little girl. This is the story of her efforts to get back to her home and of her rescue by Crow. Dare Wright inscribed and signed this charming little book on the front endpaper. [SOLD]

Momo's Kitten
Yashima, Mitsu and Taro. Illustrated by Yashima, Taro. New York: Viking, 1961. 9.5"x8.25" Green decorated cloth. Fine in Very Good dustjacket, lightly chipped, small smudge to lower panel (apparently from the artist's watercolors). 33pp with brilliant color illustrations throughout. Momo finds a Nyan-Nyan, a kitten, and her parents let her keep it. The Momo of this story appears in several of their books and was the Yashimas' real-life daughter. Inscribed, dated (Merry Christmas 1961), and signed with his chop to the dedication page by Taro Yashima. He also painted a small watercolor of Momo and Nyan-Nyan, charmingly representing the child and her kitten as little Kokeshi dolls. A special copy. [SOLD]

The Giant Book of Things in Space
Zaffo, George. New York: Doubleday, 1969. Stated First Editon. 9''x12.5'' Pictorial boards. Light rubbing to extremities else Very Good+ in frayed dustjacket, chipped at corners and spine ends. 152pp with openings alternating between bold color and black & white illustrations. The author credits an essay by his young son as the inspiration for this wonderful book about two children's imaginary voyage into space. $85.00

Skazki: Tales and Legends of Old Russia
Zeitlin, Ida. Illustrated by Nadejen, Theodore. n.p.:Farrar & Rinehart (c. 1926). Reissue. 8vo Blind stamped green cloth, top edges stained blue. Neat ink name to title page else Very Good+ in dustjacket, chipped, spine lightly sunned. 335pp with color pictorial endpapers, fifteen elegant tipped-in color plates, nine full-page black & white plates plus smaller drawings within the text. Thirteen Slavic wonder-tales gathered from a variety of sources including Afanasiev, Pushkin and Zhukovsky. $50.00

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