The Little Train

GREENE, Graham (author). Dorothy CRAIGIE (illustrator). The Little Train.

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GREENE, Graham (author). Dorothy CRAIGIE (illustrator). The Little Train. New York, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., Inc. 1958.

Small slim 4to. Original grey cloth pictorially blocked in red, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [iii], 4-36; with lithographed illustrations alternately printed in 3 colours and monochrome blue; both externally and internally a fine copy protected by fresh, lightly rubbed, and price-clipped dustwrapper with one tiny surface scuff to bottom forecorner of upper panel and a couple of tiny closed edge tears (10mm); quite elusive.
First US edition, printed in Great Britain by Wood, Rozelaar and Wilkes Ltd. One of four titles in this series for children by the partnership of Greene and Craigie, who were involved in a relationship at the time. It originally appeared anonymously in England in 1946, partly for this reason. The train protagonist finds life in Little Snoreing rather boring, runs away, and endures all sorts of perils before recognising the truth of the maxim 'the grass is not always greener….'