While roaming around B&N the other night, I discovered a freshly minted stack of the classic picture book, The Poky Little Puppy. Golden Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, has reissued the charming story in a large format board book, integrating the iconic golden spine as part of the cover design.
I couldn't resist taking The Poky Little Puppy home with me. If you're a purist who feels the original format shouldn't be altered in anyway, let me reassure you - the revised book design doesn't detract from the story at all, and Gustaf Tenggren's illustrations have the scope to be even more engaging in a larger size.
First published in 1942, the copyright for The Poky Little Puppy was renewed in 1970. What ensures the timelessness of this tale is the lighthearted text by Janette Sebring Lowrey, starting with the first line:
"Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world."
An unbeatable opening - the story could go anywhere from here. And the places it takes the reader, "roly-poly, pell-mell, tumble bumble," still lead to the most comforting delights imaginable: rice pudding, chocolate custard and strawberry shortcake. It's an amusing companion to my other copy of the book - a miniature format my sister-in-law gave me a few years ago. I'm happy to add it to my picture book library.