The Fortune-Tellers

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Author: Lloyd Alexander


Illustrator: Trina Schart Hyman


ALEXANDER, Lloyd. The Fortune-Tellers. Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. NY: Dutton Children’s Books [1992]. Oblong 4to, [32]pp. Navy quarter-cloth stamped in gold with color pictorial boards. Purple endpapers; color illustrations on every page. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket. Inscribed by the author, Newbery Medalist and two-time National Book Award Winner Lloyd Alexander. Laid in is a bookplate signed by the artist, Caldecott Medalist Trina Schart Hyman, as well as the publisher’s announcement slip promoting the publication of the book.

First edition. ASSOCIATION COPY, being inscribed to Carl Karsch and his wife B. Lloyd and Carl worked together in a bank during the 1950’s, when Lloyd was just beginning to see his work published, and remained life-long friends. The publisher’s announcement slip indicates this may have been a review copy that Lloyd had sent to his friend. This original folktale set in Cameroon is full of adventure and sly humor. Lloyd Alexander's story of a young man visiting – and then becoming – the village fortune-teller is brought to vibrant life with some of Caldecott Medalist Trina Schart Hyman's most memorable artwork. Though Alexander and Hyman became good friends working together on the original editorial board of Cricket magazine, this was their only collaboration. A wonderful tale by two supremely talented children’s book creators.