Georgiana ~ Charles Clement ~ Whitman, 1950
A very famous and highly collectible book, it first came to my attention in the Loganberry Books "Most Requested" pages. Though I've coveted a copy, the few available online are always way beyond my means. Enter Peter Bondante, Charles Clement's nephew who contacted me and opened up the Dr. Goat flood gates. (Check out my interview with Peter here.) So we begin...
Dr. Goat put on his coat and went out to make some calls.
... D.G. goes out and administers to his animal patients. He gives a walrus a mustard plaster, a bat some red pills and a turtle with a broken leg a skate to ride around on. Well, when D.G. gets sick himself and is confined to bed, all the animals show up to take care of him. In the end, of course, D.G. is healed and gets well enough to go out and take care of his friends again.
A simple tale that obviously struck a cord with alot of former little people as copies of the wee book can go for upwards of $75. According to Peter, the author Georgiana (or Georgie as his Uncle Charlie used to call her) was a close friend and also acted as Charles' book agent. Who knew that a friendship from more than 60 years ago would still be alive so strong today, if nowhere else than the hearts and minds of those who remember Dr. Goat and his helping ways. Above is the original cover of the book, and below are scans of the reprint cover, some pages from the book, and some photographs of the original artwork that still hangs in Peter's home.
The Night Before Christmas