The Story of Zachary Zween
Mabel Watts ~ Marylin Hafner ~ Parent's Magazine Press, 1967
There is really no reason why the Parent's Magazine Press series shouldn't be reissued in full. Seriously. I applaud The Purple House Press for doing their part, but still... I wish our kids had something they could receive in the mail every month... other than Ranger Rick, of course.
I have a hard time visualising what our children will wax poetic about one day. I wonder... Thoughts anyone? Will Yo Gabba Gabba be their Sesame Street? If You Give a Mouse a Cookie the next Go Dog Go? Are Crocs this generation's jelly shoes? You know, I am such a saver, it wouldn't surprise me if the one thing I don't pack up in the attic along with his outgrown underwear and baby socks will be the object the boy remembers and longs for. Sigh. Once he's grown older and starts to push all his pictures books out, I'm gonna have a hell of a time trying to decide what goes to the junk shop and what stays in storage. The horror!
That said, Zachary is a boy who ~ due to the opening letter in both his first and last names ~ is always in the back... always at the end of the line. And that stinks. I should know. With a last name starting with "S", I was often a rider on the caboose... definitely never the engine.
As Albert headed up the line he said. "First place is ALWAYS mine! I'm first on walking tours, and games, because I have the best of names!"
And who came last? Poor Zachary Zween-- So envious that his face turned green!
Yes, Zachary Zween got most upset and angry at the alphabet.
Fear not, for there is a bright side to every story, when Zachary figures out that being at the tail end is often the most advantageous position to be in. Isn't there always an upside? Great midcentury drawings by the way and a lovely tour of London to boot. Anyone who has ever sat astride one of the lions in Trafalgar Square (or at least wished they had) is sure to get a kick out of Zween.