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The Man Who Lost His Head by  Claire Huchet Bishop - Stated 7th Printing Thus - Sept., 1955 - from Mary Riversong Books (SKU: 600BishopHeadGreen)

The Man Who Lost His Head

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The Man Who Lost His Head

by Bishop, Claire Huchet

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Bishop, Claire Huchet. THE MAN WHO LOST HIS HEAD. RARE/SCARCE. ILLUSTRATED BY ROBERT MC CLOSKEY, author, Illustrator of the beloved "Make Way For Ducklings". EXLIB. GOOD/ NO DJ INCLUDED. LIBRARY BOUND. Green geometric pattern boards. Copyright October, 1942. STATED SEPTEMBER, 1955 5TH PRINTING THUS. SUMMARY: "It's bad news when you wake up in the morning and find you've lost your head, especially if it's an especially agreeable and handsome head, but there you go, such things happen. In any case, the man who loses his head in The Man Who Lost His Head isn't about to grin (that is, if he could grin) and bear it. No, he'll make himself a new one, and starting with a pumpkin and moving on to a parsnip and finally picking up a block of wood, he sets about getting it just right. Still, for all his efforts, it somehow isn't right. It isn't the head he had before. It turns out that only a brash bold boy can save the man who lost his head from losing it altogether. Claire Huchet Bishop's charming parable is illustrated by the great Robert McCloskey, whose books for children include One Morning in Maine, Blueberries for Sal, and the Caldecott Medal-winning Make Way for Ducklings."


Claire Huchet Bishop (ca. 1899–1993) was a librarian, storyteller, critic, and writer. She grew up in Le Havre, France, and attended the Sorbonne for a time before founding France’s first library for children, L’Heure Joyeuse. Her children’s books grew out of the popular stories she told both at L’Heure Joyeuse and at the New York Public Library, where she worked after marrying the pianist Frank Bishop and settling in the United States. Among the seventeen works of fiction she wrote for children are The Five Chinese Brothers (1938), Twenty and Ten (1952), and the Newbery Honor books Pancakes-Paris (1947) and All Alone (1953). Bishop also wrote several biographies for children and nonfiction works for adults, and served as children’s book editor at Commonweal during the 1930s. Active during the Second World War in the cause of European Jews, she devoted herself after the war to fostering better understanding between Jews and Christians, writing How Catholics Look at Jews (1974) and encouraging the Vatican’s recognition of the State of Israel. Robert McCloskey (1914–2003) was born in Ohio and moved east to study art in Boston and New York. He was awarded a prestigious Rome Prize, but World War II made it impossible for him to go to Rome. Renowned as a draftsman, McCloskey provided illustrations for a variety of authors and also wrote and illustrated eight books of his own, including Blueberries for Sal (1948), One Morning in Maine (1952), and the Caldecott Award–winning stories Make Way for Ducklings (1941) and Time of Wonde r (1958). McCloskey’s last book, Burt Dow: Deep-Water Man , came out in 1963. In 2003, he died on the Maine island where he had lived with his family since the 1940s.


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The Man Who Lost His Head
Bishop, Claire Huchet
McCloskey, Robert
Book condition
Used - Good
Jacket condition
No Dust Jacket
Stated 7th Printing Thus
Viking Press
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
Sept., 1955
9 X 6 7/8
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For Sale; Children's Books; Americana; Young Adult; Adventure; Animals; Fantasy;
9 X 6 7/8

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