Item description for Seven Little Postmen (Little Golden Book) by Golden Books...
Overview The author of "Goodnight Moon" uses rhymed verse to tell the tale of one little boy's letter, from the time it is dropped into the mailbox to its arrival at grandmother's house.
Publishers Description This lively poem by the author of "Goodnight Moon" tells the tale of one little boy's letter. What happens after the boy drops it into the mailbox? How does it get to his grandma's house? Children will enjoy this rollicking tale of the seven little postmen who got the mail through.
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Studio: Golden Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.04" Width: 6.7" Height: 0.21" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2002
Publisher Golden Books
Series Little Golden Books
ISBN 0307960374 ISBN13 9780307960375 UPC 033500960376
Availability 0 units.
More About Golden Books
Little Golden Books are a product of Random House Publishers.
When Little Golden Books launched in 1942 at 25 cents each, they changed publishing history. For the first time, children's books were high quality and low-priced. They were available to almost all children, not just a privileged few. Little Golden Books were designed to be sturdy (a new concept), delightfully illustrated, and to be sold not only in bookstores, but department stores and other chains (another new concept).
Little Golden Books were an instant success story, even though WWII was on and paper shortages loomed. Five months after the launch, 1.5 million copies had been printed, and LGBs were in their third printing.
Since then, over two billion Little Golden Books have reached the hands of children all over the world. Who hasn't heard of The Poky Little Puppy, star of the best-selling Little Golden Book of all? It has sold well over 15 million copies worldwide, in many different languages. Tootle the Train, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, The Shy Little Kitten, The Little Red Caboose, The Tawny Scrawny Lion, and Scuffy the Tugboat soon followed, to become household names.
Little Golden Books have mirrored children's popular culture over the years, having featured Lassie, Raggedy Ann, Uncle Wiggily, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Howdy Doody, Annie Oakley, Captain Kangaroo, Bozo the Clown, Gene Autrey, The Lone Ranger, Smokey Bear, Disney, Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbera, Sesame Street, Pokemon, and Between the Lions characters, Mister Rogers, Barney, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Underdog, Peter Cottontail, Barbie, and others. Dr. Ruth Westheimer has just penned a story about grandparents starring herself.
Many famous writers and illustrators created Little Golden Books, notably Margaret Wise Brown, author of GOODNIGHT MOON (Harper). Her LGBs were often illustrated by Garth Williams, most famous for his illustrations for CHARLOTTE'S WEB, STUART LITTLE, and the "Little House" series. Richard Scarry began his career at Golden Books and did most of his most famous books here, from Little Golden Books to his beloved oversized books CARS AND TRUCKS AND THINGS THAT GO, and RICHARD SCARRY'S BEST WORD BOOK EVER! Eloise Wilkin, famous for her stunning paintings of cherubic children, illustrated dozens of LGBs. Caldecott medalists James Marshall, Tibor Gergely, Leonard Weisgard, Alice and Martin Provensen, and Trina Schart Hyman have illustrated Little Golden Books.
Today, Little Golden Books are an icon. The Smithsonian Institution includes Little Golden Books and artwork in its Division of Cultural History.
Reviews - What do customers think about Seven Little Postmen (Little Golden Book)?
A Charming Story and Glimpse of an America Long Past May 19, 2008
I love "Good Night Moon" (and can recite it by heart). But "Seven Little Postmen" (and the recently re-issued "Mr. Dog," among others) reveals more about Margaret Wise Brown's genius as a writer than "a quiet old lady whispering 'hush.'"
Originally written in the late 1940's, "Seven Little Postmen" tracks the course of a letter from a little boy in the city to his grandmother in the country through all the stages (way back then) of the mail and all the different types of jolly "postmen" who process the letter from pick-up to rural free delivery back in the days before automation, before "postal employee" became synonymous with "homicidal gun-nut." Ms. Brown's humorous and poetic descriptions of the various jobs (who can remember when speeding trains used to "hook" mailbags from stands beside the tracks so they wouldn't have to stop?) are perfectly matched with Tibor Gergely's (who also illustrated "Scuffy the Tugboat" and "The Taxi that Hurried") colorful and charming illustrations.
Modern-day children will be intrigued by a delightful story with just the right amount of excitement and "mystery" (what's in the letter?) and enchanted by pictures of a more sedate and innocent time in America -- before e-mail, Fed Ex and text messaging took the anticipation and fun out of letters - both writing and receiving. Grown-ups, especially earlier Baby Boomers now becoming grandparents, who read this when they themselves were children, will rediscover a timeless classic.
Best Little Golden Book Mar 19, 2008
I want to own all of Margaret Wise Brown's books. Her sing-song writing style just lifts me. I also liked that the boy in the story is so thoughtful toward his little grandmother.
What a great book! Sep 3, 2006
If you're looking for some of the nice older books for your child, be sure to grab this one! It's just so sweet - a little boy has a secret and mails it off to his grandmother. It's a very neat and informative way to explain how the post office works to little ones. We just love this book in our house - it gets read quite a bit. A very nice old fashioned book that has endured the test of time. Highly recommend!
My favorite book of all time! May 9, 2006
I absolutely loved this book as a child and now read it to my son. I was so glad to be able to find it still in print. It's just one of those books (like The Night Before Christmas) that you remember all of the words, and the illustrations stay with you always. Just a simple little golden book, but so wonderful!
"Sakes alive! What is it about?" Sakes alive! The secret is out! Dec 14, 2005
I really love children's books that sweep the reader away on long journeys. Harold and the Purple Crayon is one such book. So, too, are the Phantom Tollbooth and, of course, Tolkien's works. The Seven Little Postmen does this on a more mundane level, but the journey is enjoyable, nonetheless. Here, Margaret Wise Brown and Tibor Gergely lead us across bustling city streets, fly us through sleet and hail, and send us roaring along shining rails, "Through gloom of night / In a mail car filled with electric light". Not only do we meet seven postmen along the way, but also a cast of colorful characters, including Mrs. Potter, "Who was busy making jam". With chickens and tires delivered R.F.D. via a crank-start motor, Mr. Gergely's distinct and detailed illustrations evoke a time now long gone.
I also recommend Scuffy the Tugboat and His Adventures Down the River, likewise illustrated by Tibor Gergely.