New York: The Viking Press, 1940. Kate Seredy. First Edition. Cloth. SIGNED by the Author-Ilustrator on the half title, 8vo, beige cloth with green lettering on spine and front cover, illustrated with fulll color portraits of Kate and Janci as frontispieces & 31 full page B&W drawings, pictorial endpapers with device of two chickens above two horses, gray topstain, 247 pages. Very Good / None. Item #6428
VERY SCARCE SIGNED copy of this children's classic. Cloth is tight with slight soil and minimal rubbing. Lovely full color frontispieces with drip of blue publisher's topstain affecting the top edge. The other B&W plates are clean and without foxing. Light uniform age-toning to pages.
Kate Seredy (1899 – 1975) was a Hungarian-born writer and illustrator of children's books. She won the Newbery Medal once, the Newbery Honor twice (one was for THE SINGING TREE), the Caldecott Honor once, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.
The Singing Tree is a children's novel by Kate Seredy, the sequel to The Good Master. Also illustrated by Seredy, it was a Newbery Honor book in 1940. Set in rural Hungary four years after The Good Master, it continues the story of Kate and Jancsi, showing the effect of World War I on the people and land.