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The Wonderful O.

James Thurber.

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ISBN 10: 0671224239 / ISBN 13: 9780671224233
Published by Simon & Schuster: Fireside Books, New York, NY, 1957
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First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the mildest rubbing and a bit of very faint soiling at the rear panel. Binding square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 73pp. Illustrated in blue, black & grey by Marc Simont. Trade Paperback. Pirates come to plunder a small island. When the spokesman tells them they have no treasure "except the blue of the water and the pink of our maidens' cheeks and lips, and the green of our fields," the pirates don't believe them and search high and low. Meanwhile, the captain of the ship, who hates the letter O, issues an edict. "I'll get rid of the letter O, in upper case and lower.All words in books or signs with an O in them shall have the O erased or painted out. We'll print new books and paint new signs without an O in them." Thus objects and words with Os are banished from the land forever. Disaster! Imagine the impact on community life! No houses, cottages or bungalows -- only huts, shacks, sheds, shanties and cabins without logs. No dough for the baker, no gold for the goldsmith, no forge for the blacksmith, no cloth for the tailor, no chocolate for the candymaker. (NOW you've gone too far!) No poetry without Os. Thurber writes, "A man named Otto Ott, when asked his name, could only stutter. Ophelia Oliver repeated hers, and vanished from the haunts of men." "We can't tell shot from shoot or hot from hoot," the blacksmith pointed out in a meeting with other townsfolk. "Oft becomes the same as foot, and odd the same as dodo. Something must be done at once or we shall never know what we are saying." The islanders decide that there are four words with an O that must not be lost. Hope, love and valor are three of them and the fourth is the point of the story. This is a beautifully written, rhythmic tale. THE WONDERFUL O will appeal to everyone who loves language. The story is a challenge to the imagination of the reader. Bookseller Inventory # 40878

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Title: The Wonderful O.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster: Fireside Books, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1957

Binding: Paperback

Edition: First Ed thus; First Printing indicated.

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Relates what happened when an evil sea captain banished the letter O from the island Ooroo.

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Grammy Award winning artist Melissa Manchester is one of the most compelling female singer/songwriters in contemporary music. She has also starred in films and television. Here she brings her wonderful voice to an inspiring story.

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