New York: Macmillan, 1947. Illustrated by George Richards. Small hardcover 8vo.144 pp. Green textured paper covered boards stamped in black. Former owner's name in ink on free front end paper / in very good dust jacket. Item #172
The charming pictorial dust jacket shows one of the poet's heroes, Johnny Appleseed, from Part III of this book titled "Stories and Heroes." Part I, titled "Yellow Butterflies," includes 16 poems. Part II, "Moon Poems," includes 15 poems. And Part IV, "Nightingales," includes 3 poems.
The man whose hero is Johnny Appleseed, is the man to talk to the youth of America about poetry. He did this while walking through the American countryside, with poems instead of appleseeds, having his "adventures while preaching the gospel of beauty." He has done it ever since, to audiences totaling a million, the chief part of which, the part best loved by him, being the high schools. Mr. Lindsay's work is full of imaginative appeal for people under twelve. He talks about their real world of America, their heroes, their history, their dreams, in the kind of ballad story and picture sequence that they understand.