"Alphabets and names make games and everybody has a name and all
the same they have in a way to have a birthday," muses Gertrude
Stein in "To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays." Written in
1940 and intended as a follow-up to her children's book "The World
Is Round," published the previous year, "To Do" is a fanciful
journey through the alphabet. Each letter is represented by four
names (including Gertrude for "G") and features a short story told
in verse. " This is] a birthday book I would have liked as a
child," said Stein of "To Do."
Publishers rejected the manuscript as too complex for children,
and it remained unpublished during Stein's lifetime. A text-only
version issued from Yale University Press in 1957. Now, more than
seventy years after Stein penned the story, "To Do" is appearing
with illustrations, realizing the author's original concept for the
book. Giselle Potter's witty and stylish illustrations provide a
perfect complement to Stein's uniquely whimsical world of words,
creating a truly delightful, often hilarious book that adults and
children alike can appreciate and love.
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