1942 · New York
"Prior to World War II, large format classic storybooks for children were prohibitively expensive and available only to a privileged few," the Smithsonian American History Museum notes; books like THE POKY LITTLE PUPPY "revolutionized" the way American families used books by putting the act of reading, literally and figuratively, in the hands of children. Little readers could now take the initiative in using their books, without worry of bringing financial hardship upon their parents.
While the content of POKY does not allude to the global conflict that surely occupied the minds of parents in 1942, the jacket does: the rear flap contains an advertisement for war saving stamps and bonds, declaring that "all five little puppies buy War Stamps every week. So should you." Thanks to the voracious consumption of these books, they rarely retain their original dust jackets. This copy is a terrific survival in the jacket. 8'' x 6.75''. Original cloth-backed color pictorial boards. Original color pictorial dust jacket, unclipped (25¢). Illustrated in color and black and white.  pages. Light edgewear to jacket, with 1" closed tear and small chip to lower spine. Light edgewear to boards; some erased pencil marks to last page. Colors vibrant. (Inventory #: 40808)