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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
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