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Bond, Gladys Baker; Maurice Sendak, illus.  Seven little stories on big subjects. New York: Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, 1955. 12mo (18.6 cm, 7.375"). 7 vols. I: 12 pp. II: 12 pp. III: 12 pp. IV: 12 pp. V: 11, [1] pp. VI: 12 pp. VII: 8 pp.; illus.

First edition, complete set: An early work from celebrated children's illustrator => Maurice Sendak, being seven thin, stapled booklets written by Gladys Bond and published by the Anti-Defamation League, delving into bullying, racism, and other problems children are likely to face and helping them to imagine how they might resolve them without violence while navigating our often-troubling world. Bond's educational stories include "The Crankiest Man on Main Street," "On Your Mark," Johnny Red Feather," "Lonesome Feet," "Jacob's Friendliest Town," "Down the Old Bear Trail," and "The Secret."
        The black and white cover art and in-text illustrations, mostly of young boys sorting out their dilemmas, help demonstrate Bond's messages of inclusivity and kindness. Sendak's contributions, while more "realistic" here, hint at the inimitable style that would achieve iconic status several years later with the appearance of Max and his wild friends.
        This offering is a rare and exciting example of Sendak's early work: WorldCat locates only six institutional copies, all in the U.S.

Hanrahan, Works of Maurice Sendak, Revised & Expanded to 2001, A15. Original colored paper wrappers (each booklet in a different color) with black lettering and cover art, contained in a white and orange pictorial, originally hinged box; box is edgeworn, rubbed and scuffed, with joint cleanly severed. Scuff to rear wrapper of one booklet, extremely minor wrinkling to corner of another; overall the booklets are in => superb condition and the survival of the box is a => fine bonus.  (38364)   Please RESHELVE This.

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