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The Seal and the Slick

Freeman, Don

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ISBN 10: 0670626597 / ISBN 13: 9780670626595
Published by Viking Press, New York, 1974
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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#1 on number line.Tight, reinforced binding, very little wear to boards, just slight rubbing to corners and edges. Corners very slightly bumped. Bright yellow and orange boards with illustration of a seal on front cover. DJ is preserved in mylar, has not been price clipped. Has a 2" and 1/2" closed tear on the back, a 2" and 1/4" tear on the front and a small pen mark near top of front cover. The interior is clean and unmarked with full page color illustrations by the author. A seal pup goes exploring and gets more than he bargained for when a nearby oil well starts spewing into the ocean. Unpaginated. Bookseller Inventory # 19267

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Title: The Seal and the Slick

Publisher: Viking Press, New York

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Freeman, Don

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Good +

Edition: Stated First Edition

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Synopsis:

Muted watercolors decorate a poignant tale about a seal pup that becomes stuck in an oil slick and is rescued by a boy and girl

About the Author:

Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California, in 1908. At an early age, he received a trumpet as a gift from his father. He practiced obsessively and eventually joined a California dance band. After graduating from high school, he ventured to New York City to study art under the tutelage of Joan Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students' League. He managed to support himself throughout his schooling by playing his trumpet evenings, in nightclubs and at weddings.

Gradually, he eased into making a living sketching impressions of Broadway shows for The New York Times and The Herald Tribune. This shift was helped along, in no small part, by a rather heartbreaking incident: he lost his trumpet. One evening, he was so engrossed in sketching people on the subway, he simply forgot it was sitting on the seat beside him. This new career turned out to be a near-perfect fit for Don, though, as he had always loved the theater.

He was introduced to the world of children’s literature when William Saroyan asked him to illustrate several books. Soon after, he began to write and illustrate his own books, a career he settled into comfortably and happily. Through his writing, he was able to create his own theater: "I love the flow of turning the pages, the suspense of what's next. Ideas just come at me and after me. It's all so natural. I work all the time, long into the night, and it's such a pleasure. I don't know when the time ends. I've never been happier in my life!"

Don died in 1978, after a long and successful career. He created many beloved characters in his lifetime, perhaps the most beloved among them a stuffed, overall-wearing bear named Corduroy.

Don Freeman was the author and illustrator of many popular books for children, including Corduroy, A Pocket for Corduroy, and the Caldecott Honor Book Fly High, Fly Low.

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