Chicago: Albert Whitman & Co, 1939/1939, 1st tp; marine blue boards with large painting of wided eyed Manuela holding flowers, fuzzy donkey and cactus on back, endpapers with the pitchers and pots full of the flowers that Manuela's friends brought for her birthday, in jacket identical to boards; 8.3 x 10.3", 46 p. Picture Book hardback.
A little girl in Taxco, Mexico, wants the blonde doll she has seen in Mexico City for her 5th birthday, and the visiting American artists make one for her. An expected plot for the time, or perhaps a true story, but the paintings of Mauuela, her village, and her friends and all the color that surrounds her life make this book memorable.
CONDITION: Near Fine in Very Good Plus jacket; no names, extrems sharp with light rubs, crisp, tight and clean, in exceptionally bright, clean jacket with rubbed top edge and 1" closed tear on back top margin; unclipped 2.00 (This copy was mistakenly issued with two jackets; we are enclosing the outside one, faded but complete, which has protected this one well!). Item #22710