The Little Red Balloon

Hofman, Caroline & Elmer, Rachael Robinson

Published by P. F. Volland Co,
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Title: The Little Red Balloon
Publisher: P. F. Volland Co,
Book Condition: Fair

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Hofman, Caroline
Published by P. F. Volland Company (1918)
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Book Description P. F. Volland Company, 1918. Hardcover. Condition: Poor. No Jacket. Elmer, Rachael Robinson (illustrator). The Little Red Balloon by Caroline Hofman with beautiful illustrations by Rachael Robinson Elmer. A P.F. Volland Sunny Book. Book Condition: Very Poor. Ordinarily I would not list a book in such poor condition, but the reason for buying this book is strictly for the illustrations by Elmer, and they are intact and beautifully printed. The book has various rips and smudges throughout, but none affect the large and small illustrations (except for a tiny one in which a child has apparently used a pencil on the small balloon). The book has been repaired and is still holding together (but barely). One page has been taped, but it is not covering any illustration. The name of the original child owner of the book is on the first free endpaper. The boards are in poor condition with various rubbings, smudges, and chipping. Most of the paper has been chipped away from the spine. XX The story, which provides the excuse for the lovely illustrations, is about a Prince who has many toys, but it is a red balloon which is his favorite. When a mosquito bites his hand, he releases the string and away flies the balloon. He meets a dog family, whose son has a purple balloon. With the help of some tiny green creatures, Prince Littleboy and Little Wee Dog are miniaturized so they can fly into the sky attached to the purple balloon and finally regain possession of the prince¿s red balloon. XX I can¿t find any information about the author, but the artist Rachael Robinson Elmer is of greater interest anyway. [From Wikipedia] Rachael Robinson Elmer (July 28, 1878 - February 13, 1919) was an American artist from Vermont. She was born in 1878 in Rokeby, Vermont (the family home is a National Historic Landmark), into an artistic family: her father Rowland Evans Robinson was an author and illustrator, her mother Anna Stevens Robinson a painter. Her grandparents, Rachel Gilpin Robinson (1799-1862) and Rowland Thomas Robinson (1796-1879), were active abolitionists and founders of the Vermont Anti-Slavery Society, who made their Rokeby home a stop on the Underground Railroad. In elementary school already she took painting classes in Burlington, and first traveled to New York City, and fell in love with it, at age 12. After graduating from Goddard Seminary in Barre, Vermont in 1897, she lived in Burlington where she worked and taught in a studio. She returned to New York when she was 20, and joined the Art Students League. One of the formative influences on her art was Childe Hassam, specifically for his scenes of city life. A friend prompted her in 1911 to make a series of postcards portraying the city, and she chose twelve scenes, painting them in impressionistic style. It took her two years to find a publisher, but when she did, "Art Lover's New York Series" (1914) became an overnight success, selling in "many upscale New York City boutiques", and inspired other artists to likewise paint postcards of city scenes. Rachael Robinson Elder also illustrated children's books and periodicals, including several works by author Caroline Hofman. She also made illustrations for William Elliot Griffis's Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks (1918). During World War I she created posters and was active with the "Bird and Tree Club", raising funds for replanting woodlands in wartorn France. Rachael Robinson married Robert France Elmer in 1911. Rachael Robinson Elmer died of the Spanish flu in early 1919, at age 40. Seller Inventory # 000444

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Hofman, Caroline
Published by P. F. Volland Company, Chicago IL (1918)
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Book Description P. F. Volland Company, Chicago IL, 1918. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Elmer, Rachael Robinson (illustrator) (illustrator). covers have very heavy wear and rubbing with lots of small pieces of paper over boards rubbed off, corners and ends of spine heavily bumped and rounded, binding tight, color illustrated story of Prince Littleboy who loses his red balloon, meets a little white dog with a purple balloon and goes on a picnic adventure Size: 6 x 7.5. Seller Inventory # 029794

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