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To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays

 
 
Author
Gertrude Stein. Giselle Potter, illus. Timothy Young, intro.
Publisher Yale  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.35 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780300170979
Pages/Publication Date 127/2011
Daedalus Item Code 61544
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"Alphabets and names make games and everybody has a name and all the same they have in a way to have a birthday," muses Gertrude Stein in this children's book, written in 1940 as a follow-up to The World Is Round. In her fanciful journey through the alphabet, each letter is represented by four names and features a short story in streaming verse. The text was thought too complex for children, and it remained unpublished in Stein's lifetime, though a text-only version appeared in 1957. Here at last, Stein's unique book is presented with illustrations, for readers 6 and up. Giselle Potter's witty painted cartoons complement Stein's errant whimsy, creating a delightful, often hilarious book that adults and children alike can enjoy.

"Gertrude Stein's long-lost kids' book is bizarre—and a great reflection of how children think.... As To Do proceeds through the alphabet, it becomes a book not just about language learning, but about pretending, about how children learn to distinguish the abstract from the concrete, the made-up from the real."—Boston Globe

 
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