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Your Own Best Secret Place

Baylor, Byrd; Parnall, Peter

25 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0684161117 / ISBN 13: 9780684161112
Published by Charles Scribner's and Sons (Scribners), New York, USA, 1979
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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First edition. Signed and inscribed by Byrd Baylor on second front end page, " To - and her old-old or new-new adobe." Binding is tight. Interior is clean. Brown cloth covered boards. Jacket says the binding is reinforced. Speaking of the jacket, it's laminated, price sticker and all - this has kept it in superior condition. Jacket is unfaded. Unpaginated. Bookseller Inventory # 19625

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Title: Your Own Best Secret Place

Publisher: Charles Scribner's and Sons (Scribners), New York, USA

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Parnall, Peter

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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Considers the pleasures to be found in one's very own private place, whether it be a hollow in a tree, a sandy gully, or a secret sand dune.

From Kirkus Reviews:

From a team with three Caldecott Honor books to their credit, a gentle exploration of how a particular place can have special meaning. The narrator describes finding one such place in a cave under the roots of a cottonwood tree, where a previous occupant has left several brown-paper notes (``I will be back no matter what/if you are cold you can use the blanket but do not use my other stuff'') and some treasured possessions; she reminisces about other secret places ``a sandy gully cutting through the hard flat Texas earth...a whole world by itself and I was the only person three''; a boy she knows has ``fifty bales of hay [that] make mountains and tunnels and craters and caves.'' Baylor's spare, lyrical prose celebrates the magic of these private worlds, sometimes shared with a friend or other fellow creatures. Parnall's flat areas of warm color form themselves protectively around the delicately drawn ``places and the imaginative young people who treasure them. An unusual, beautifully wrought concept book. (Picture book. 6-10) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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