Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Never Tease a Weasel

Never Tease a Weasel
Jean Conder Soule ~ Denman Hampson ~ Parents' Magazine Press, 1964


Much beloved and reissued accordingly a few years ago with new pictures by George Booth, still... nothing beats a classic. Taking a look through its pages, it's easy to see why this one is so well-remembered.

You can knit a kitten mittens
And perhaps that cat would purr.
You could fit a fox with socks
That exactly matched his fur.
You could make a goat a coat with a collar trimmed in mink
Or give a pig a wig
In a dainty shade of pink.
But never tease a weasel;
This is very good advice.
A weasel will not like it
And teasing isn't nice!


So many reasons to love this book in both the words and images. Bold, bright colors and wonderful rhymes that clearly paint a picture of all the reasons why it's fun to be friends with a weasel instead.

And all the incredible animals, each taking on a pun of their own. I couldn't find anything online about this illustrator, so if you knew him or know anything about him, please write in. We'd love to know more about the man who imaged a goat walking upright in a fur-collared coat.


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5 comments:

Kimberly said...

We love this book! We've read both the old and new versions and prefer the older illustrations.

Melissa said...

One of my all-time favorites! I still have my copy from childhood, and I bought another one at a used-book store.

I was unaware there was a new edition; I'll have to check that out!!

Anne said...

Yes, one of my childhood favorites!! Sadly currently lost in my mother's attic in New Jersey. :/

Denise said...

I still have my copy and I am so glad. I love it so much.

Cory said...

I just found this book last month at the Salvation Army. I've never heard of it before, but the first page had me sold.

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