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Friday, November 11, 2016

Another Day, Another Puzzle


Judith, a reader of the Holling page on Facebook, wrote from the U.K., “Would you be able to help me date these jigsaws illustrated by Holling C. Holling or tell me anything about them?  Thank you.”  (The Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/Holling-Clancy-Holling-119308334791426/.)  The jigsaw came a house clearance in Sheffield. 

I immediately went to my source of all Holling knowledge, Joan Hoffman at the museum in Michigan.  Boy, were we in luck. 

She quickly wrote back, “That is one of Holling’s signed 9x11” illustrations in Little Folks of Other Lands.  It is a chapter about gypsies.  The book was published in 1929 by Platt and Munk.  These publishers commonly made puzzles from Holling book illustrations.  In the chapter, it mentions that there were many gypsies in Romania.  In 1956 the first edition of six children’s jigsaw puzzles was reproduced from that 1929 Little Folks of Other Lands book.” 

I put Joan’s information back up on Facebook and asked her permission to share this with you.  Judith agreed and mentioned she loves Holling’s illustrations…as do I.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Passing on Holling’s Heritage to Another Generation

Rum-Tum-Tummy, still alive and doing well.

In this 75th anniversary of the publication of Holling’s Paddle-to-the-Sea, our good friend Joan Hoffman created a special exhibit for the local children of Leslie, Mich.

“There is a an elementary school across the street for the town’s public library, so they get many young visitors,” she says.  “And the library has a nice display case.”  With the library’s permission, Ms. Hoffman put up a display for children during the first three weeks of October.  
 
 
Part of the display was about elephants arranged in something like a circus formation,” she said.  “Holling’s fat blue elephant was announcing ‘I'm Rum-Tum-Tummy,’ one of Holling's elephants.”  She adds that Holling saw his first real live elephant at a circus in Jackson, Mich., and was fascinated.  And that is how the elephant can be found in his stories.  You can find Rum-Tum-Tummy the Elephant Who Ate, still in print after 80 years, at Amazon. 
Another little addendum: The Leslie library has a set of the five Houghton Mifflin books written by the Hollings.  You might ask your own librarians if they have any Holling books.  If enough people ask, they just might find a way to stock them...or accept your donation.