Happy National Poetry Month! I completely forgot about it, to tell you the truth. It's Holy Week, and I have Easter Sunday on the brain.
But - !
I went to a used bookstore today. I was hoping to find an Easter book, something charming and hard to resist. I had already struck out at the library. Unfortunately, the store was a bust in that department, but I decided to go through the dollar selection of Little Golden Books. I found a few worth having, and tucked between the Goldens were a few Junior Elfs and Tell-A-Tales. I had most of those, but then I saw this! My favorite nonsense poem, and one I didn't have! (I have the later Whitman Tiny Tot Tale, though, if you recall.)
This darling little book is from 1962, and was illustrated by Irma Wilde. Poking around Amazon, I found that Wilde was a prolific illustrator and writer of children's books, especially of the inexpensive, mass-market variety. They include many Elf Books, but also some Little Golden Books and Wonder Books. In fact, Grosset & Dunlap (now a division of Penguin Random House) has re-released several Wonder Books under their G&D Vintage label, and I spied at least two with Irma Wilde's name on them.
But enough geekiness. Here is my sweet new addition. Enjoy!
|The Owl and the Pussycat and Calico Pie by Edward Lear, illustrated by Irma Wilde.|
A Rand McNally Start-Right Elf Book. Rand McNally & Company, 1962.
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