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  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Sep 26, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House



This auction is for an original 1938 edition of " EPAMINONDAS AND HIS AUNTIE " by Sara Cone Bryant and illustrated by Inez Hogan. YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Epaminondas is a boy who lives with his "Mammy" and visits his "Auntie." He is sent on a number of errands to carry things back to his "Mammy," but each time, despite his best efforts, he fails to deliver the items intact. When he tries to carry a cake to his Auntie it is delivered as a "fistful of crumbs." When he has to carry her butter he gets himself all covered up in melted butter. When he tries to take care of a puppy it ends up being half dead. When he has some bread he drags it along the ground getting it dirty. Each time he is unsuccessful, he is scolded with the words "You ain't got the sense you was born with!" and told what he should have done. Each time Epaminondas diligently applies the knowledge during his next errand, but the lessons learned do not apply in the next situation and actually create the next disaster. Adult readers in today's climate of political correctness may be concerned that "Mammy" and "Auntie" are stereotypical African-American women with an idiosyncratic use of English. The central character, despite his Greek name, is clearly a little African-American boy and is illustrated as such. It has been criticized for its politically incorrect overtones and stereotypes. WE MUST LOOK AT THIS TALE AS A CELEBRATION OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT! To appreciate the value of the tale to children, it is necessary to look at it through a child's eyes. It's fun and easy to read, and children immediately catch on. Epaminondas is just a young child who can never figure out why adults can't say what they really mean. It never occurs to a child that Epaminondas is African-American because it isn't relevant to the story. We could all identify with Epaminondas at some time in our lives. To be able to laugh at our own mistakes and learn from them; to know that doing stupid things doesn't mean that we are stupid; to understand that grown-ups don't always act well and understand children's intentions --- these are all important life skills which Epaminondas helps children acquire. T can be no better illustration of the maxim that "Just because something worked last time doesn't mean it will work next time."

Published in 1938, this book is in GOOD CONDITION! for its age and especially to be 71 YEARS OLD!!! The binding is tight, the hinges are intact. The interior is clean and bright with no markings. The only flaw are faded spots on the back exterior cover. This book measures 6 1/2 " X 8" and consists of a total of 16 pages with precious ILLUSTRATIONS! from INEZ HOGAN who was an American author and illustrator of children's books. She wrote 63 books, including many about her character NICODEMUS. She illustrated another 19 books, including the first edition of Epaminondas and His Auntie by Sara Cone Bryant. From the 1930s until her death, children's books were her sole means of support. Of this she said "I can think of no happier way to make a living." Inez Hogan died in February 1973 in Orleans, Massachusetts .

Have a pleasant time following in Epaminondas' footsteps, and read this story to your kids, grandkids, and anybody else who'll listen. GET IT WHILE YOU CAN!


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