Bibi : The Baker's Horse by Anna Bird Stewart; Illustrated by Catherine M. Richter
Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott Co., 1942. First edition. Copyright date of 1942 matches the title page date. Hardcover. 190 pages ; Illustrated ; 22 cm. In the original price clipped dust jacket, with signification portion of jacket front side missing. Dust jacket is in tattered condition. Bookplate on front free endpaper. Pages toned. Binding is firm. No markings to pages. Storage odor to pages.
Bibi, the Baker's Horse
By Anna Bird Stewart
Author of "Three White Cats of Avignon," etc. Illustrated by Catherine M. Richter
All the magic of old Provence — kindly people, light-hearted singing, sunny days-is recaptured in this utterly delightful story of a little Corsican horse who became part of a baker's family in Avignon. He was so small that one almost would have missed him at the Horse Fair, but to his great joy the baker didn't miss him, and Bibi found a home in the picturesque Street of the Dyers. Rosine, the baker's wife, loved him with all her heart and she taught him how to trot ahead of the cart and just where to stop for the daily deliveries of bread. Bibi was never left out of family excursions and he soon learned his way to Rosine's little farm in the country outside Avignon where the baker's family went for picnics. Bibi knew what excitement was, too, for there was a flood in Avignon and Moustache, the cat, had to climb up on the armoire for safety and soldiers carried people out of their houses pick-a-back.
Gay, tender, filled with the same spirit that once inspired the troubadours, this little masterpiece brings back the days of a brighter, lovelier France. It is a story that all children and their parents will treasure. A glossary and a guide to pronunciation of French words will please and assist the b ginning student.
Anna Bird Stewart has visited in Avignon seventeen times. Once she spent the whole winter there, and it was during that winter that she heard from her friend, Mme. Borty, the story of Bibi who belonged to Mme. Borty's mother, Rosine. It is a true story, even to the cat. And it comes as an answer to all the children in England and America who asked Miss Stewart as she traveled about on her lecture tour to make her next book the story of a little horse.
Miss Stewart was born in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati. She has done research in London, Paris, Oxford, Perigueux and Avignon. Though she has traveled widely and always had a good time, she says "Many of my nicest times have been in Bibi's town, in Bibi's street, with Bibi's own 'family.' "
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