New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1969. Marcia Brown. First Edition. Cloth. SIGNED & EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with a large cute DRAWING of a mother hippo with baby on top by the author-artist, small square 4to (9 1/2" W by 10" H), pictorial cloth reproducing cover art in color of a mother and baby hippo, filled with full-page colorful images (possibly originally wood- or linoleum cuts), Mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) by Brown reproducing dust jacket, pictorial endpapers of ibisis flying through a pink sky over river hippos,  pages. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #2965
Marcia Joan Brown (1918 – 2015) was an American writer and distinguished illustrator of more than 30 children's books--several being CALDECOTT winners.
She won three CALDECOTT Medals from the American Library Association, recognizing the year's best U.S. picture book illustration, and six Caldecott "Honor" awards (see lists below). She also was awarded the ALA's Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 1992 for her career contributions to children's literature.
CALDECOTT WINNER for: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper (1954); Once a Mouse...: A Fable Cut in Wood, 1961; Shadow, 1982.
Caldecott Honor Books: Stone Soup (1947), Henry, Fisherman (1949), Dick Wittington and his Cat (1950), Skipper John's Cook (c.1951), Puss in Boots (1952), The Steadfast Tin Soldier (1953),
SCARCE title & a SUPERIOR COPY with an adorable, large ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION of a mother HIPPO with her BABY on her back...with presentation to an admirer located on the free endpaper.
Slight wear and discoloration to the otherwise colorful dust jacket with a 1" verticle strip along the fore-edge showing discoloration (possibly caused by the book being 1"-wider than adjoining shelving).