New York: Harper and Brothers, 1940. Author. Stated First Edition with 10-40 and K-P on copyright page. 1941 Caldecott Honor book. 4to. Beige cloth hardcover stamped in black. 17 leaves, unpaginated. Pictorial endpapers. Only the slightest bit of mottling on the spine and the top and bottom edges of the cover. Faint, barely visible scratch across kitty on front cover. Otherwise a very good to near fine copy. / A few minor closed tears and chips at top and bottom edges. Otherwise a clean presentable jacket. Item #4
When April's cat, Sheba had three new kittens, her father made it quite clear that theirs was a one cat apartment. She had to choose between Butch, Brenda and Charcoal and even the darling mother Sheba! April's dilemma and its final, supremely happy solution, make a story that all children will love.
The New York Times said of Mrs. Newberry's first book, "Mittens" that her illustrations were the very best cat pictures that have ever been made." Who could argue with that? They are the softest fluffiest most beautifully rendered kitties! At the back of the book is a duplicate of one of the loveliest pictures in the book, tipped in so that it can be removed for framing. It is still present and in perfect condition!