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    To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library) (Hardback) By (author) Gertrude Stein, Illustrated by Giselle Potter, Introduction by Timothy Young

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    Description'Alphabets and names make games and everybody has a name and all the same they have in a way to have a birthday', muses Gertrude Stein in "To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays". Written in 1940 and intended as a follow-up to her children's book "The World Is Round", published the previous year, "To Do" is a fanciful journey through the alphabet. Each letter is represented by four names (including Gertrude for 'G') and features a short story told in verse. 'This is a birthday book I would have liked as a child', said Stein of "To Do". Publishers rejected the manuscript as too complex for children, and it remained unpublished during Stein's lifetime. A text-only version issued from Yale University Press in 1957. Now, more than seventy years after Stein penned the story, "To Do" is appearing with illustrations, realizing the author's original concept for the book. Giselle Potter's witty and stylish illustrations provide a perfect complement to Stein's uniquely whimsical world of words, creating a truly delightful, often hilarious, book that adults and children alike can appreciate and love.

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    To Do
    A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gertrude Stein, Illustrated by Giselle Potter, Introduction by Timothy Young
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 120
    Width: 203 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300170979
    ISBN 10: 0300170971

    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: YBLA
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: DSY
    Libri: I-CI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    DC22: 813.52
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AKLB
    Ingram Subject Code: CI
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: EV050
    Ingram Theme: EVNT/BIRTH
    DC22: 813/.52
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 12200
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: JUV009010
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PS3537.T323 T6 2011
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, JUV017100
    Thema V1.0: DSY, AKLB, YBLA
    Illustrations note
    28 colour illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    31 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was at the forefront of the development of modern art and literature. Her archive is housed in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Giselle Potter has worked for the New Yorker and has illustrated more than twenty children's books. Timothy Young is curator of modern books and manuscripts at the Beinecke.
    Review quote
    Won Honorable Mention for the 2011-2012 Los Angeles Book Festival in the Photography/Art category--Honorable Mention Photography/Art "Los Angeles Book Festival "