Tootle (Little Golden Book with Dust Jacket)

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Tootle (Little Golden Book with Dust Jacket)

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Crampton, Gertrude. Illustrated by Tibor Gergely. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1945 (1945). 8vo. Second printing. Full color pictorial boards. Dust jacket.

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Unbeknownst to many book collectors but a point of real interest to all those interested in Little Golden Books is the fact that the first thirty-five titles in the series were published with dust jackets. The jackets featured the familiar Golden leaf and vine design on the spine, but the book spines were blue cloth. Tootle (#21), was written by Gertrude Crampton and illustrated by Hungarian-born Tibor Gergely, a recent arrival in the US who fled the rise of the Nazis in Europe. A exemplar of post-War conformity (even though it's a delightful book in many other ways), Tootle is the story of a young locomotive that jumps the tracks to explore the world, only to be forced back and learn to "Stay on the rails, no matter what." A second printing (just a few months after the first) in Fine condition in a VG+ dust jacket.