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  • A Whiskered Little Frisker

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    This is a vintage copy of A Whiskered Little Frisker, written by Samuil Marshak, illustrated by Vladimir Lebedev, originally issued by the State Children's Publishing Company of the USSR, and published here in English by the Foreign Languages Publishing House (translated from the Russian by E. Feigenhauer).  Samuil Marshak (1887-1964) was a Russian Jewish and Soviet writer, translator and children's poet.  Maxim Gorky proclaimed Marshak to be "the founder of Russia's (Soviet) children's literature."  Vladimir Lebedev (1891-1967) was a Soviet painter and graphic artist who illustrated many of Marshak's books, such as Circus, Ice Cream, Tale About a Foolish Mouse, and Book of Many Colours.  In the 1920's, Lebedev had earned the title of "King of Children's Books."  This 14 page 8"x11" book in its original illustrated stapled wrappers is filled with sweet poems and charming drawings.  The book is undated but has been said to have been issued around 1952 or a little later.  This copy of A Whiskered Little Frisker is in good condition.  The paper wrappers have some small tears and faint discoloration at the edges but the stapled binding is tight. The back wrapper and two back pages have very light creases at the top.