Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Who Am I?

Who am I?
Sally and Al Fabry
published 1952 by Whitman Publishing Company


Got this out of the same lot as the previous Lucinda... and in researching and reading about these authors, it is funny to think of the thin line between the books that have stayed on as classics and others that have been lost in oblivion. Is it truly because the books remembered were better... or did they have say, a better marketing team? Makes me think of Kennedy and Jackie O. It seems to be common knowledge that Kennedy would not have been remembered the same had it not been for Jackie's Camelot creation. That said...

Way-down
Way-down
I dig the coal to heat your town.
Far from the sun and the yellow stars
I load the coal in little cars.
With a light in my cap like a twinkling eye
I work in the darkness.
Who am I?


So the book goes on like this, alluding to some mystery occupation which is easily guessed through the rhyme and pictures provided. I love the fact that the jobs listed in the book are... train conductor, coal miner, farmer, pilot, cowboy and fireman. WOW. My son's been listening to a Sesame Street classics album of late and has become obsessed with the song "Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood" so this one helped to bring it home. Though unfortunately, along with the milk man, I'm gonna have a hell of a time pointing some of these guys out in our walks about town.

1 comment:

Tabs4959 said...

I just found a copy of this book yesterday at a thrift store. It is very cute and the pictures are really bright and cheerful. Nice to see that another generation will be influenced by some wholesome thoughts. Thanks for writing.

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