/Esphyr Slobodkina, illustrator.

The Little Farmer.

William R. Scott, Inc; (c. 1948 by Margaret Wise Brown) early printing, 1st cannot be determined without jacket; illustrated paper boards with a large happy cow and her kicked over milk bucket on the top and rooster and pigs at sunrise on the bottom, Picture book hardback.

The Big Farmer and the little farmer lived side by side. This is their day, spread by spread, with a Big Farmer picture and a little farmer insert on most pages. An exciting story for little people "The weather of course is bigger and more important than any farmer big or little, but all storms pass and soon the lightning stopped flashing, the thunder stopped rumbling, the sky stopped lowering, and the raindrops stopped falling down. The sun came out." Vivid, flat, three colour illustrations in red, dark blue, and lime green, allowing for shades of green and purple. The pictures fill the entire spreads. Probably an expensive book to produce since Slobodkina was restricted to two colours on the next collaboration, The Little Cowboy. This rare title makes a very nice filler book for a collection.

CONDITION: Fair without jacket; no names or other marks, spine paper essentially gone, thus grade, but tight and square: constructed with sewn signature and spine fold tape sewn to front/rear endpaper which is why the book can be tight with the spine paper missing. Considerable light foxing to boards, especially bottom; corners rubbed through, small bump on bottom corner visible on pages, 1" tear on endpaper gutter. Pages very bright, clean, crisp, and flat, appearing unread. Item #21885

Price: $50.00

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