A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays
Publication Date: May 2011
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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 "To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays." Written in 1940 and intended as a follow-up to her children's book "The World Is Round," published the previous year, "To Do" is a fanciful journey through the alphabet. Each letter is represented by four names (including Gertrude for "G") and features a short story told in verse. " This is] a birthday book I would have liked as a child," said Stein of "To Do."
Publishers rejected the manuscript as too complex for children, and it remained unpublished during Stein's lifetime. A text-only version issued from Yale University Press in 1957. Now, more than seventy years after Stein penned the story, "To Do" is appearing with illustrations, realizing the author's original concept for the book. Giselle Potter's witty and stylish illustrations provide a perfect complement to Stein's uniquely whimsical world of words, creating a truly delightful, often hilarious book that adults and children alike can appreciate and love.
Giselle Potter lives in New York statewith her family. She has illustrated over twenty books including "The Honest-to-Goodness Truth" by Patricia McKissack.
Timothy Young is a poet and retired educator in juvenile corrections. His book, Herds Of Bears Surround Us, was published by Red Dragonfly Press in 2010. He has recorded three CDs of poetry and his poem 'Mississippi Ecstasy' was set for a big band jazz suite by composer, Dan Cavanagh. He is chairman of the Board of Directors for Robert Bly's Minnesota Men's Conferences.