Bernice Frankel ~ Alex Kenné ~ Parents' Magazine Press, 1962
Another one from the vast and fascinating archives of Parents' Magazine Press, the mail-order book company from the 60s and beyond that published all kinds of awesome. In this story of "never underestimate the slow and timid guy", we meet unlikely four friends...
...who always met after breakfast at a fern hill in the forest.
Sometimes Crow came first, winging along.
Sometimes Goat came first, trotting along.
Sometimes Rat came first, scampering along.
Only turtle never came first. Or second. Or even third. Turtle always tagged along last.
When a hunter begins sniffing around their neck of the woods, all the animals fear for Tag-Along's safety. After all, the slowest and most vulnerable can't possibly protect himself, right?
Of course, you can count on little Tag-Along to rise up and save the day, not just for himself, but for all his furry and feathered friends.
I could find nothing online about the illustrator and author, though the dust jacket points out that Bernice was also the author of Timothy and Alexander the Great as well as Half-As-Big and the Tiger -- and the illustrator, Mr. Kenné, insists that "by the time this book is published he expects to have a show in New York."
Anyone have any info, kids?
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