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To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library) Hardcover – May 31, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300170971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300170979
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gertrude Stein's long-lost kids' book is bizarre—and a great reflection of how children think. . . . As To Do proceeds through the alphabet, it becomes a book not just about language learning, but about pretending, about how children learn to distinguish the abstract from the concrete, the made-up from the real."—Stephen Burt, The Boston Globe
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"The highly original, repetitive, and sparely punctuated verse may be read rapidly for heightened effect. A one-of-a-kind book that will remind grown-ups how joyful it can be to put sentences together."—Fore Word
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Won Honorable Mention for the 2011-2012 Los Angeles Book Festival in the Photography/Art category
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About the Author

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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Z. Joy Collas on February 1, 2012
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Reading Gertrude Stein at whatever age is pure delight. The rhythm of the language and the juxtaosition of your expectation of meaning and what is said adds up to glee. Read it aloud, then read it again. The worst day is made wondrous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leo Morris on March 22, 2014
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great illustrations for this enchanting book, highly recommended even if you have reservations about reading Gertrude Stein you will enjoy this little book
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