True first US edition of The Skating Gander by Alice Cooper Bailey, about a smart, talented Dutch girl and her amazing goose.
Written by Alice Cooper Bailey. Illustrated by Marie Honre Myers. 1927 first edition. The P. F. Volland Company, Joliet New York Boston.
This charming illustrated story of a talented Dutch girl and her Goosie Gander was written by Alice Cooper Bailey (1890 - 1978), an American author also known for Katrina and Jan, Kimo, and articles for children's magazines.
CHAPTER ONE - Great News From Amsterdam
"It was winter time in Holland and it was very cold, but not cold enough to keep the children within doors. Up and down, over the frozen canals they skated, here, there, and everywhere, like flying bright-colored birds. ...some racing breathlessly to market on mysterious errands, for this was the day before the festival of St. Niklaas..."
"In the crowd there was one, a little peasant girl, who skated so rapidly that she seemed to have wings on her feet. She was dressed in the costume of the people of Volendam, a little fishing village, not many leagues from Amsterdam, set low back of its dikes beside the Zuider Zee. Her wide blue woolen skirt was bordered with black and her trim bodice was finished at the neck with a snowy kerchief. Her stiffly starched white cap had flaps on each side which turned back from her face and stood out like white wings. Instead of the clumsy homemade skates of the other village children, however, she wore, strapped to her stout leather boots, a pair of glittering silver ones, for this was little Katrina Rijs. In the spring of the year, the great artist, Mynheer de Groot, had given them to her as a price for having grown the finest tulips in the village.
"How the people gawked and stared as Katrina darted by, for trailing at her heels was a great snow white gander with a tin pair of double runner skates attached to his funny webbed feet. ..."
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Condition*: Very Good. Lacks dust jacket, as issued. Illustrated paper cover boards: A few light child's pencil marks below the skaters; corners are bumped; mild darkening around the edges, front and back. Interior pages are clean, undamaged, and complete. Post-It note on front endpaper with previous owners name and date of "Dec 1930".
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