Book Condition: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Publisher: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1961.
Illustrator: Illustrated by Marcia Brown
An attractive first edition/first printing in Fine condition, green cloth, red and green lettering, illustration in dark green on front and back boards, pictorial endpapers and dust-jacket, light foxing on verso with closed tear with minor tape repair to back panel, else Fine.
Marcia Brown was awarded her second Caldecott Medal for the illustration in woodcuts in the retold fable from the Hitopadesa. With a lesson on humility and gratefulness, kindly hermit saves and protects a humble, frightened mouse from predators by magically changing the mouse into a cat, a dog, and finally into a handsome, royal tiger. The tiger's fatal flaw of pride causes the hermit to return the tiger back into a mouse who was never seen again; Woodcuts; Square 4to;  pages.