1969 1st edition "First Edition" stated; illustrated by Evaline Ness; Holt, Rinehart and Winston publishers, New York; hardbound in illustrated boards with black lettering along spine; quite good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket good.
Sorche Nic Leodhas—who was really LeClaire Alger—was born on May 20, 1898, in Youngstown, Ohio. Her father and sister were both writers, and she read a great deal because she was often sick as a child. At age 17, Ms. Alger worked as a page at the Pittsburgh library. In 1926, she enrolled at the Carnegie Library School. She worked at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Library from 1929 to 1966.
She and her family collected Scottish tales, which she recorded in several collections such asThistle and Thyme, illustrated by Evaline Ness (Holt, 1962), and Claymore and Kilt, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (Holt, 1967). Ms. Alger received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Always Room for One More (Holt), illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian. In 1966, All in the Morning Early, illustrated by Evaline Ness, was given a Caldecott Honor.