New York: Henry Holt and Company, (1939). Illustrated by author. First edition. 4to. bound in beige cloth stamped in red. Pictorial cover plate. 26 leaves, unpaginated. Pictorial endpapers. Last leaf has a vertical crease running down the length of the page. A few faint smudges here and there throughout. Overall book is tight and clean. Very Good. / Jacket is a little mottled and shows some soiling. A 1" tear taped on the inside and some chipping, creasing and minor tears along the top and bottom edges. Small white round sticker on front flap. Overall sturdy but somewhat worn. Item #3
Roger Duvoisin's pictures in soft blue halftones with brilliant splashes of yellow and red emphasize the gaiety and humor as well as the poetic quality of the text.
Even though he is six Lucio is the one person in the whole village who is not afraid of the great gray nuong. Even Lucio's father is afraid to go near this water buffalo who spends most of his life loafing in the river instead of working in the rice paddies. It is Lucio who finally brings him to land. . . . Taken together Miss Crockett's pictures and story are full of the native life and atmosphere of the Philippines. The author's delightful, authentic pictures are evidence that she has actually lived in the Islands and soaked up the atmosphere.