Saturday, December 2, 2017

Book cover: "Uncle Titus in the Country"

  • Title: Uncle Titus in the Country
  • Author: Johanna Spyri (1827-1901)
  • Translator: Clement W. Coumbe
  • Illustrator: Frances Brundage (1854–1937)
  • Publisher: The Saalfield Publishing Company (Akron and New York)
  • Year of publication: 1926
  • Pages: 245
  • Format: Hardcover, with paste-down illustration on front cover
  • Inscription: "Bob Blanning, Christmas 1928"
  • First sentence: On the east side of the city of Karlsruhe there is a lovely park and under the shade of its linden trees a gentleman slowly paced back and forth every afternoon.
  • Last sentence: As the carriage rumbled away, Dora and Paula turned, arm in arm, to the garden, singing happily: "Till we die, joy in heart, You and I never to part."
  • Random sentence from middle: The twins turned red as fire and then white as chalk with fear.
  • Does book contain miniature pink poodles? No.
  • Seriously? Did I check every page? No.
  • Rating on Goodreads: 4.11 stars (out of 5.0)
  • Goodreads review excerpt: In 2014, Amanda wrote: "Like Alcott, the author aims to teach her readers the useful lessons of reliance on God and maintaining a cheerful disposition in trying times. Younger children, who wouldn't be able to understand Alcott's works well, should be able to read this with pleasure."
  • Notes: Other English-language editions of this book had the title Uncle Titus and His Visit to the Country. Author Spyri's best-known book is 1880's Heidi. Her other books included Moni the Goat-Boy, a title that I certainly wasn't going to fail to include here. ... Illustrator Frances Isabelle Lockwood Brundage, according to Wikipedia, "was an American illustrator best known for her depictions of attractive and endearing children on postcards, valentines, calendars, and other ephemera published by Raphael Tuck & Sons, Samuel Gabriel Company, and Saalfield Publishing."

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