Emmy Payne with pictures by H.A. Rey ~ Houghton Mifflin, 1944
I selected this book today, well... because we've spent the weekend out at our farm and this book was in the car and the boy asked to read it a few times yesterday so it is top of mind and I really didn't have any other plans so what the hay.
Still in print and illustrated by the guy who brought us Curious George, there are animals all over these pages. A veritable Pangia where lions and monkeys and kangaroos and American deer all frolic happily together in a world of bliss, that is... except for one little evolutionary miscalculation. You see, poor Katy Kangaroo was born without a pocket in which to perch her son Freddy. She seeks advice from the other mommas in the animal kingdom, but eventually finds the help she needs from a nice carpenter man she meets on the street.
Katy went up to him and laid a paw on his arm. He was a little frightened, but Katy looked at him with her soft brown eyes and said, "Please, dear, kind man, where did you get all those pockets?"
"These pockets?" he said. "You want to know where I got these pockets? Why, they just came with the apron, of course."
My son would request this book over and over again from the library when he was a year old, until we finally found our own copy. I've even been tempted to purchase him this cutie, but I keep fearing (ack!) he is going to abandon picture books soon for titles with a little more heft. My son loves the mother/child dynamic, and often, I think, wishes I had a pocket of my own into which he could retreat. Ahhhh, if they could just stay little...
Curious George Flies a Kite