Friday, September 27, 2013

The Tell-A-Tale of Buster Bulldozer

Today we have the tale of Buster Bulldozer, who learns over the course of the story the value of teamwork. Catherine Danner wrote this simple but very effective tale; and Mary Alice Stoddard did the illustration.

I love Stoddard's fluffy, beautifully composed work here - so rich and round. I haven't been able to find out much biographical detail about the artist, which I feel bad about. She was a fairly prolific illustrator of children's books, working from the late 1930s until the early 1950s. As far as I can find out, this work may be among her last. This title, Buster Bulldozer, is a Whitman Tell-A-Tale book published in 1952.


  1. I've got a small collection of Tell-A-Tale books. Those are my favorite kid books with painted illustrations. Most of the books I have are Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, and other animated characters. I hadn't seen this one. Thanks for sharing, sir.

  2. I love it! It's a very good book!!!:-):-):-)


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