Crunch the Squirrel by Elizabeth Anne Bond, Joan Rabin, Kurt Wiese. 1939 first edition.


Written by Elizabeth Anne Bond and Joan Elaine Rabin. Illustrated by Kurt Wiese. First edition, 1939. Dodd, Mead and Company. New York.

Crunch: The Squirrel

"B-r-r-r- It's cold - it's very, very cold."

"That is what poor little Crunch, the squirrel, thought as he hopped through the big woods where the snow covered all the trees and bushes.

"It was so different from the summertime, when all the trees and bushes were covered with leaves and the birds fluttered and chattered among them.

"Where am I to live?" Crunch asked himself."

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"Because this book was written by two little girls together we are letting them join in telling you about their happy-go-lucky hero and how they came to write his story."

"The story of how we wrote Crunch: The Squirrel is short and unusual. We were riding home from New York City on the subway train, discussing books, although we don't know why, when the idea came to us to write a book. At Jamaica we decided on a squirrel and the following day on Crunch. The book didn't take long to write and was fun all the way through..."

The girls made the local paper - The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sept 25, 1939 - when their book was published.

Kurt Wiese (1887 - 1974) was a German-born illustrator of more than 300 books and author of 20 children's books. His experiences in China, Australia, and Brazil enriched his illustrations, bringing a unique perspective to his works, such as the beloved "Bambi: A Life in the Woods" and the "Freddy the Pig" series. Wiese earned multiple awards, including Newbery and Caldecott Honors.
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Condition: Very Good/Good. Dust jacket: Wear along upper and lower edges, with small closed tears front and back; on the front, black marks at upper edge, open tear at lower edge; on the back, mild fading around the edges and several very small white scuffs and scratches; bumped at the corners, bumped and chipped at head and tail of the spine. Illustrated cover boards: Mild wear along the edges; bumped at the corners. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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