THE FIRST STORY by Margaret Wise Brown


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In the tradition of the poetic, wondrous fantasies of Oscar Wilde fairy tales here is a dreamy, rather tiresome story of the "world before anyone knew anyone else". A little girl wanders about learning that she is not a squirrel, or a cat, or a fish, or a horse, but a little girl. And she meets a little boy who has had trouble coning the fox that he is not a fox, and the goat, and the wolf, and the hog, too, that he is a little boy. So they met, and grew up and "their children knew each other.... to this day". Miss Brown's lovely poetic prose is here and the pictures of Marc in blacks and a light mustard yellow capture the timeless quality (though perhaps the pale coloring may make this merchandise that will have to be pushed,- for any but the art conscious). The story may cause some confusion too in the small mind that has learned of the origin of the world through Bible stories.
Pub Date: Sept. 17th, 1947
Publisher: Harper
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1947


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