Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Blueberry Pie Elf

The latest book to be brought back from the rare and collectible bookshelves by Purple House Press is Jane Thayer's "The Blueberry Pie Elf." Originally published in 1959, the copyright was renewed in 1987, but the book has been difficult to find until being republished this year.

Jane Thayer was the pen name of Catherine Woolley. She wrote more than 80 books for children. Her first book, "I Like Trains," was published in 1944, and her last children's book was released in 1989. Seymour Fleishman's charming illustrations are perfect for this wonderful story about how an elf who loves pie -- but, take note -- only BLUEBERRY PIE -- does all he can think of when the cherry and apple pies start coming. Fleishman, who turned 90 last year, illustrated more than 50 books for children between 1953 and 1989. Fleishman and Woolley also collaborated on the "Gus the Friendly Ghost" series.

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