The Wonderful Cat of Cobbie Bean by Barbee Oliver Carleton ; illustrated by Jacob Landau
Philadelphia : The John C. Winston Co., 1957. First edition. Hardcover. 24 pages ; illustrated ; 27 cm. $2.00 dust jacket in tattered condition. All four corner edges frayed. Front and rear endpaper are toned with a bit of light foxing as well. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.
THE WONDERFUL CAT OF COBBIE BEAN
BY BARBEE OLIVER CARLETON
Illustrated by Jacob Landau
IN THE DAYS when witches were said to be abroad in the land, there lived a ne'er-do-well lad named Cobbie Bean. From his cornfield on the hill he could see the village of Salem. He could see the fine ships of his cousin, Captain Bean, who was as fat as a pudding. The captain was a getter.
Cobbie had another cousin, the famous Deacon Bean, who was as thin as a bone. The deacon was a doer.
On the other hand, Cobbie had done nothing and got nothing, yet he had the merriest heart in Essex County.
One evening when the air was sweet with lilacs and the twittering of birds, something happened. Alone in the moonlight, Cobbie was standing near a hobblebush when he heard a strange voice whisper, "Cobbie Bean...Cobbie Bean...Stranger things will come to pass than you have ever seen..."
Cobbie took to his heels, but when he reached his hut and had bolted the door behind him, he found that he was no longer alone. A large, gray cat sat on the stool—a cat who wore a black cloak and a high-crowned hat, and whose eyes glittered like ice !
Indeed, this was no ordinary cat. As the days passed, her powers of magic did wonderful things for Cobbie Bean. What happened when the two envious cousins learned the secret of Cobbie's new prosperity provides a spine-tingling climax to this story that boys and girls—and grownups, too—will long remember.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BARBEE OLIVER CARLETON tells the story of her own life in as amusing a manner as she narrates children 's fantasy.
"I was born in Thomaston, Maine, " she writes, "of a Ship's Log and a Latin Grammar, more or less, the ancestral stock being sea captains, teachers and island builders of ships. "
At the age of ten, she wrote a book of juvenile verse which, far from making her rich and famous, merely cost her mother postage to and from publishers. At Wellesley, she majored in English Composition, became a member of the newspaper staff, and contributed to college publications. She was a recipient of the Masefield Prize for Poetry.
After graduation in 1940, she became a high-school English teacher in Caribou, Maine. For a time she held an editorial post with Houghton Mifflin Company, but this career ended "with my marriage to an aeronautical engineer from Maine, who had traded in his heritage of sails for jet-propelled wings. '
When her two children persuaded her to write some bedtime stories, her interest in writing was reawakened, with the result that some fifty of her stories have appeared in Highlights for Children, Child Life, and Jack and Jill.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
JACOB LANDAU is known for his ability to illustrate almost any subject—and do it with great sensitivity. As an art student in Philadelphia and Paris he delved into esthetics, anthropology, psychology of art, and semantics. He has illustrated many books, has designed striking covers for record albums. One of his recent assignments was the illustration of The Blowing-Wand in The Land of the Free Series.
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