New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1939. Story and black and white stone lithograph illustrations by Josephine DeWitt. First edition. Unpaginated 4to. 12-1/8" x 9-1/8. Tan cloth cover stamped in black. End papers toned near gutter. One crayon mark and a gift inscription on free front endpaper. Otherwise very good condition / Dust jacket has a little soiling and a few light marks and shows some edgewear. Item #189
Aurelius, the baby whale, worried his poor Mother and father a very great deal. They couldn't understand why he wouldn't behave like other little whales. In short, Aurelius was a problem child! But poor Aurelius only wanted to have fun. And that was how he happened to get himself all tangled up with a ferryboat, the Carline B., and how captain Oliver C. Briggs became the town hero. Butr it was Johnny DeSoto Fitzsimmons Hodge, the salty sea-faring parrot who really stole the show. How Aurelius finally thought his way out of trouble will keep every youngster on the edge of his chair until he finishes the story.
Miss DeWitt knows how to combine humor and suspense and fine characterization in story-picture books, and this one is her very best! For six to eight year olds. She also wrote and illustrated The Fisherman and his Cat and The Milkman's Baby.