This collection of stories for children was published in 1928, and features authors such as Hugh Lofting (of Dr Doolittle fame) and Eleanor Farjeon. The tales are illustrated by a variety of artists, including Lofting himself, and the book was no doubt an extremely popular Christmas present from doting (or dutiful) aunts and uncles to their various nephews and nieces.
Rose Fyleman (1877–1957) was an English writer and poet, noted for her works on the fairy folk, for children. Of Russian/Jewish family, she was musical, and after failing in her ambition to become a schoolteacher, studied music (specialising in singing) in London, gaining her ARCM and going on to teach singing in her home town of Nottingham. During the 1920s and early 1930s she published multiple verse collections, wrote drama for children, and for two years, edited the children's magazine 'Merry-Go-Round'. She was also a skilled linguist who translated books from German, French and Italian. Rose Fyleman was one of the most successful children's writers of her generation and much of her earlier poetry became proverbial. She died at a nursing home in St. Albans, Hertfordshire on 1 August 1957.
Our book is an amazing survivor, considering its age. Bound in blue cloth with faded orange title, illustration and double-line border to the front cover, and orange title, figure, and publisher's name on the spine, it is generally grubby and rather battered and marked, but with no frank external loss apart from at the top & bottom of the spine. All corners are bumped. Inside, the endpapers are intact but a little tanned, and there is slight foxing to the title and half-title pages. The (stitched) binding is generally firm, with one or two points of weakness (see photo 9), but no loose pages (though the frontispiece is partly detached), and the 6 tipped-in colour illustrations are all present. The text is clean and bright throughout, and there are no unexpected marks. An ink-written inscription on the fep to 'Joan' leads one to suspect that she was a girl very careful of her books!