Gwendolyn and The Weathercock, 1963 first edition, by Nancy Sherman, illustrated by Edward Sorel.


Written by Nancy Sherman. Illustrated by Edward Sorel. First edition, 1963. Golden Press, Inc.

"Out in the country, far from town,
a hot sun blazed on Farmer Brown.
He worked beneath a cloudless sky:
The cornstalks drooped; the brook ran dry;
The cattle had no grass to graze;
It hadn't rained for days and days.

"The weatherman said, "Hot tonight,
And not a drop of rain in sight."
The farmer wiped his weary brow.
"There won't be any harvest now,"
He cried, "My work was all in vain.
The crops will die without some rain."
He watered Sue, his thirsty sow,
His work horse Jack and Bess the cow,
The piglets in their little pen,
And Gwendolyn, his favorite hen."

Plucky Gwendolyn, our heroine, joins forces with her friend the weathercock to save Farmer Brown from the villainous Nimbus Flood.

Nancy Sherman is an American author who wrote several children's books in the 1960s. She is best known for Gwendolyn the Miracle Hen (1961), The Boy Who Ate Flowers (1960), and Gwendolyn and the Weathercock (1963). Sherman's books are praised for their humor, imagination, and charm.

Edward Sorel (born Edward Schwartz in 1929) is an American illustrator, caricaturist, cartoonist, graphic designer and author whose work is known for its storytelling and social commentary. He has contributed to The Nation, New York Magazine, Esquire, The Atlantic, and Vanity Fair. He grew up in The Bronx, and after graduating from the Cooper Union, co-founded Push Pin Studios with Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, and Reynold Ruffins in 1953. He later went freelance and became one of America's foremost political satirists.
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Condition*: Very Good/Fair. Dust jacket: Shelf wear; two closed, one open tear on the front; four closed tears on the back; open tear at head of the spine, chipped at the tail; closed tear on back flap, bottom right corner; corners bumped. Illustrated cover boards: Corners lightly bumped. Light finger prints on page 5 else pages are clean, complete, and undamaged.

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