Little Oh, a picture book by Laura Krauss Melmed and Jim LaMarche. 1997 first edition.


Written by Laura Krauss Melmed. Illustrated by Jim LaMarche. First edition, 1997. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. Morrow. New York.

"A boy and his mother sat near the window at Number One Pink Petal Lane. They were folding origami paper into brightly colored animals and shapes. "Tell me the story of Little Oh!" said the boy. The mother began."

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"One evening, her work finished for the day, a lonely woman folds a little doll from origami paper, then places it in a lacquer box beside her bed. Much to her surprise, no sooner does she open her eyes the next morning than the figure springs from the box, exclaiming, "Good morning, Mother!"

"From that moment, the love between the woman and Little Oh, the origami child, grows and grows. But life indoors gets boring even for a paper child, and Little Oh longs to be in the great world outside her window. One day she gets her wish - and soon she finds herself afloat in a teacup boat, sailing down a river into greater adventures and rewards than she could ever have imagined."

Laura Krauss Melmed's work encompasses original fairy tales, lullabies, and non-fiction. She's written more than twenty books, some of which have been New York Times bestsellers. Awards include the National Jewish Book Award and the ALA Notable Award.

Jim LaMarche is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. He illustrated Rainbabies, The Raft, Up, Pond, The Carpenter's Gift, and The Elves and The Shoemaker. Awards include the Parents magazine Best Book of the Year and the Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Picture Books.
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Condition: Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Mild shelf wear; tiny scratches on the front, along the upper edge; small closed tear at the tail of the spine. Illustrated cover boards: Lightly bumped at tail of the spine. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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