Sydney: New Century Press, 1940. First Edition. Pp 122, 10 full page part coloured illustrations, illustrated paper covered boards, decorated endpapers, illustrated paper dust wrapper. Dust wrapper with a small (5mm) tear at bottom of front cover, a little edgeworn along the top, a few foxmarks (10) scattered across top right corner. Clean throughout, two small horizontal tears to the out margin pp 43 and 45, mild vertical crease on those same pages. (Muir, 1970, p.500). Item #828
Gladys Lister began writing for children in 1937 when she was 50 at the suggestion of Pixie O'Harris, who also illustrated Lister's first three books. Pixie O'Harris had one of the longest-running careers of any Australian children’s book illustrator, selling hundreds of thousands of copies of her books. By the mid 1980s he was a household name in Australia together with such fellow illustrators as May Gibbs and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. In 1937, however, her career was just getting underway. (Australian Dictionary of Biography online).