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East of the Sun & West of the Moon
Mayer, Mercer
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New York: Four Winds Press (1980). First Edition. Oblong 8vo Gilt decorated cerise cloth. [48]pp with beautiful ink and watercolor illustrations by Mercer Mayer. An unusual retelling of the Norwegian version of an old Scandinavian fairy tale, in which happiness is earned through hard work. Fine in lightly rubbed dustjacket with a little wear at spine ends. [SOLD]


The Teddy Bears' House Underground
Morgan, F. R.

Chicago: Donohue (1908). 12mo. Pictorial boards. [16]pp with lively color illustrations on every page by the author. The mischievous Teddy Bears foil 'the cop' who finds their cozy underground home and then laugh with glee at their escape. A scarce early teddy bear book, one of six in an amusing series created by F. R. Morgan. Minor cover soil else Very Good+ $300.00


A Double Discovery
Ness, Evaline

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1965. First Edition. Quarto. Blue decorated boards. [32]pp illustrated with rich colors and fine woodcuts by Evaline Ness. A magical and amusing tale set in Japan about Norio, a little boy who sees double, Saru, a good-natured monkey who also sees double, and a little wild pony named Hoki. A wonderfully entertaining picture book with outstanding illustrations by this Caldecott Award-winning artist. A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. Fine in dustjacket with light wear at spine tips. $65.00


Santa Claus Toy Book
Notter, Florence

Chicago: Charles C. Thompson, 1913. 6"x9.5" Color pictorial die-cut wraps with Santa's back on the lower cover. [16]pp including covers. Each page has a full-color illustration and a little Christmas story wherein Notter's pudgy, round-eyed children tell us all about the toys they hope Santa will bring. A delightful shape book and a great cover image of old Saint Nicholas. Spine separated about an inch at bottom, old gift inscription and Christmas sticker to lower cover else Very Good. $200.00


A Little Garden Calendar For Boys and Girls
Paine, Albert Bigelow

Philadelphia: Henry Altemus (1905). 12mo Decorated red cloth with pictorial onlay. 329pp with lovely color frontis and 46 black & white illustrations from photographs. Probable First Edition. In his introduction to teachers and parents, Paine says of his book that he has "tried to tell in simple language a few of the wonders of plant life, and to set down certain easy methods of observation, including planting, tending, and gathering the harvests, from month to month, throughout the year." And so begins the story of Prue and Davy and their garden. Gilt lightly tarnished, spine slightly darkened, some dust soiling and minor spotting to upper text block. Occasional marginal spotting to pages else about Very Good. $85.00


The Runaway Train
Peet, Creighton

New York: Henry Holt (1943). First Edition. Oblong octavo. Gray cloth. [72]pp with black & white illustrations throughout from the author's photographs. Creighton Peet wrote several informational books for children but this book is pure fun and fantasy. David and his friends set up track all around the house for his new electric train. But to the kids' astonishment, David's train has a mind of its own! Cloth lightly soiled else Very Good in chipped and worn dustjacket. [SOLD]


The Young French Chef
Perret, Denise and Mary Eckley

New York: Platt and Munk, 1969. Oblong octavo. Decorated blue boards. 71pp with terrific color illustrations and alternating page borders in 60's style by Catherine Cambier. This introduction to the joys of French cuisine was awarded the Loisirs-Jeunes Prize for the best juvenile book published in France in 1965. Upper text block lightly spotted else Near Fine. Dustjacket with a few small spots to upper panel, lightly frayed, tiny chip at spine head, price clipped. [SOLD]


The Keeping Quilt
Polacco, Patricia

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988. First Edition. Oblong octavo. Cloth-backed, decorated boards. [32]pp with lovely color illustrations throughout. The story of four generations of the author's family, told through the family's special quilt which was made with pieces of clothing from several family members. A Sidney Taylor Book Award winner. Slight bump to lower edge. Near Fine in dustjacket with small closed tear to lower panel. $35.00


The Golden Compass
Pullman, Philip

New York: Knopf (1996). First U.S. Edition. 8vo Cloth-backed boards. 399pp. Book one in Pullman's highly acclaimed His Dark Materials trilogy. Winner of the 1995 Carnegie Medal (under the title "Northern Lights") and the ABBY Award in the Children's category. Tip of one leaf creased (apparently a bindery flaw) else Fine in dustjacket. $150.00



Curious George Learns the Alphabet
Rey, H. A.

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1963. First Editon. Octavo. Grey decorated cloth. 72pp with wonderful color illustrations featuring Curious George and the man with the yellow hat, who teaches George the alphabet by drawing pictures for him. Sixth of the original seven classic Curious George stories and quite a scarce first. Light wear to spine tips. A few letters of text faintly filled in on two pages. Small marginal stain at final opening with a few small stains at fore edge and a little spotting at fore-edge of last pages. Really quite crisp and clean otherwise and a bit better than Good+ overall. Jacket chipped at corners and spine ends, with tears and edge wear. [SOLD]


Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky
Ringgold, Faith

New York: Crown (1992). Stated First Edition. Folio. Glazed pictorial boards. [32]pp illustrated with the author's powerful paintings. The story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad and the many "conductors" who helped escaping slaves to freedom in Canada. Cassie and Be Be (of Tar Beach) return to the sky and experience the railroad first-hand. Winner of the first Jane Addams Picture Book Award in 1993. Inscribed, dated and signed by Faith Ringgold. Near Fine in dustjacket. $65.00



George
Rowand, Phyllis

Boston: Little, Brown (1956). First Edition. 4to Blue decorated cloth. [48]pp with Phyllis Rowand's unique color illustrations throughout. George is a big, goofy dog and sometimes his antics annoy his family so much that they wish he was someone else's dog! But then one day George is missing..... Near Fine in lightly frayed dustjacket. [SOLD]



Seeds and More Seeds
Selsam, Millicent E.

New York: Harper & Brothers (1959). First Edition. 8vo Cloth-backed pictorial boards. 60pp with terrific color illustrations throughout by Tomi Ungerer. Answers the questions young children have about seeds through the vehicle of a story about Benny, who plants an amazing number of seeds in the course of the book. An I Can Read Science Book. Two children's names and date to upper paste down else Very Good+ Dustjacket lightly soiled and frayed with very small chip to spine head. $165.00


The Story of Sleepy Sam
Sherrill, Dorothy

New York: Greenberg (1932). First Editon. 12mo Grey-blue cloth with color pictorial onlay. [48]pp with delightfully simple little color illustrations by the author on the recto of every page and with hand-lettered text. Sleepy Sam was "the sleepiest looking doll you ever saw." Scarce and quite wonderful! Small spot to one page margin else Very Good in chipped and worn dustjacket. [SOLD]


Legends and Stories of Italy for Children
Steedman, Amy

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons [1909]. 8vo. Cloth backed gilt decorated boards, t.e.g. 188pp. Illustrated by Glascow School artist Katherine Cameron with 12 very beautiful tipped-in color plates mounted on heavy brown stock. Tales include: The Christmas Rose, A Tale of the Ephiphany, The Merciful Knight, Marziale the Robber Chief, The Saint-Maid of Lucca, The Angel's Robe, S. Mark and the Fisherman, Domenica, A Tale of Old Florence, The Legend of the Castellano, Stella Maris, The Angel and the Diavolo, The Story of the Empress Flavia, Little Legends of the Madonna, and The Little Countess. Light wear to spine ends else Very Good. [SOLD]


Birthdays are for Everyone!
Steiner, Charlotte

Garden City: Doubleday (1964). First Edition. 12mo Gilt decorated cream cloth. 31pp with the author's delightful color illustrations throughout. All about birthdays and birthday presents - at all times of the year - for kids, for dogs, for parents - for everyone! Neat name and date to half-title else Fine in price-clipped dustjacket. $60.00



Tom Tit Tot
Illustrated by Evaline Ness.

New York: Scribner's (1965). First Edition. Quarto. Decorated tan cloth. [32]pp with handsome color illustrations from woodcuts by Evaline Ness. Her images perfectly capture the lusty good humor and life of this English folk tale, a variant of the Rumpelstiltskin story (as selected and edited by Joseph Jacobs in "English Folk and Fairy Tales"). A 1966 Caldecott Honor Book. Ink name to ffep else Fine in dustjacket (lightly dusted, edges slightly worn and darkened, closed tear to upper panel). [SOLD]


The Polar Express
Van Allsburg, Chris

Boston: Houghton Mifflin (1985). First Edition. Oblong quarto. Silver decorated maroon cloth. [32]pp with magnificent full-color illustrations thoughout by Chris Van Allsburg. The ultimate Christmas fantasy and a Caldecott Award winner. Fine in dustjacket. A lovely copy of this modern classic. $1000.00




The American Speller: An Adaption of Noah Webster's Blue-Backed Speller
Webster, Noah. Adapted and illustrated by Barbara Cooney

New York: Crowell, 1960. First Edition. 8vo Decorated red cloth. 77pp with 131 delightful color illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Barbara Cooney to accompany Noah Webster's pithy sayings. Webster's Blue-Backed Speller, like his great dictionary, is part of the American heritage. Fine in lightly frayed dustjacket. $65.00




Lillie of Watts: A Birthday Discovery
Walter, Mildred Pitts

Los Angeles: The Ward Ritchie Press (1969). First Edition. Quarto. Illustrated boards. 61pp with black & white illustrations by
Leonora E. Prince. It's Lillie's eleventh birthday and things begin to go all wrong. And the next day is just as bad! But by the end of the day, Lillie has learned something very special and important. The author and artist were local teachers when they made this book, apparently the first for both. Mildred Pitts Walter later won the Coretta Scott King Award and three of her titles won Honors. This book is inscribed and signed by her to the half-title, dated 7-18-1970. Very Good in dustjacket (top panel lightly stained, small black mark to bottom panel, edge wear and chipping). $65.00


Edith & Big Bad Bill
Wright, Dare

New York: Random House (1968). First Edition. Folio. Pictorial boards. [56]pp with the author's wonderful photographic illustrations of Edith the doll and her friends, the bears. Edith and Little Bear misbehave and go off into the woods where a black and white bear lives - a bear who is rumored to be bad! Edges lightly rubbed. Near Fine in dustjacket with tiny chips at spine and corner tips. A lovely copy. $300.00




The Girl Who Cried Flowers and Other Tales
Yolen, Jane

New York: Crowell (1974). Stated First Edition. 8vo Decoratively blind stamped red boards. 55pp with beautiful full page black & white and color illustrations by David Palladini. Yolen's stories are: "The Girl Who Cried Flowers," "Dawn Strider," "The Weaver of Tomorrow," "The Lad Who Stared Everyone Down," and "Silent Bianca." Winner of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year and the Golden Kite Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Neat inscription to upper paste-down else Near Fine. Dustjacket lightly frayed, spine slightly darkened, with Golden Kite sticker to upper panel. $50.00


Ladushki: Russian Folk Rhymes and Tales for Little Ones
Zeleznova, Irina, retold in English by

Moscow: Progress Publishers [1971]. 9"x11" Decorated cloth. 76pp with many full-page brilliant color illustrations by noted Russian painter/graphic artist Yuri Vasnetsov. Smaller color and black & white images surround the text. A compilation of short stories and poems including: The Rabbit's Hut, The Golden Egg, O You Black Lambs Three, Little Round Bun, Old Grandpa Yegor, On the Meadow Green, The Turnip, Simple Vanya and others. Minor foxing to upper cover else Very Good. Dustjacket lightly worn with small chips to spine ends and corner tips. $75.00


The Plant Sitter
Zion, Gene

New York: Harper & Brothers (1959). First Edition. Quarto. Cloth-backed pictorial boards. [32]pp with delightful color illustrations in shades of blue, green and yellow by Margaret Bloy Graham. Tommy becomes a plant sitter during summer vacation when the family decides not to take a trip. But Tommy is almost too good at caring for plants! Bader, p. 469. Very Good+ in lightly soiled dustjacket with a few tiny chips around the spine head. $175.00


A Tiger Called Thomas
Zolotow, Charlotte

New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard (1963). First Edition. 4to Pictorial boards. [32]pp with color illustrations by Kurt Werth. Thomas has moved to a new town and is shy to make friends as he thinks no one likes him. But when he goes trick or treating on Halloween, he finds that everyone likes the tiger . . . and everyone calls the tiger Thomas! Fine in dustjacket with edge wear and tears. $50.00
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