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What Happened To Tommy

Frances Brundage

1921
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"There was once a nice old Pussycat, and they called her Mrs. Pussins. She had three little Kittens, Tommy and the Twins. Mrs. Pussins loved the twins, but Tommy was her pride and joy because he looked so much like his dear father, and it was her earnest wish for Tommy to inherit his father's Wonderful Voice. And that is why she sang him to sleep every night to train his ear for music, and because he was rather small she weighed him every day to see if he was growing any."

What Happened To Tommy is a Victorian-style child’s story. Parental discretion recommended for bullying theme. This 1921 book was written and drawn by Frances Isabelle (Lockwood) Brundage (1854-1937). As stated on Wikipedia, Brundage was an American illustrator from Newark, New Jersey who illustrated children’s classics and other literary books, illustrating as many as 20 books annually. Her father, Rembrandt Lockwood, was an architect, wood engraver, and an artist painting church murals, portraits, and miniatures.

She had a reputation for drawing endearing Victorian children, and in this book, her skill extends to personifying a family of cats with equal warmth. Her art extended beyond books and appeared widely on postcards and greeting cards as well.

Book publisher: Stecher Lithographic Co., Rochester, NY
Book copyright: 1921
Book edition: First edition, printing unknown.
Pages: 14 (16 bound pages)
Size: 8
” x 14″
Dust Jacket:
No, full-color illustrated boards
Illustrations: Two- and full-color illustrations throughout, all by the author.
Digital edition © 2020 Curtis Philips. All Rights Reserved.

One Response

  1. The idioms and syntax of the 20’s is quite refreshing. I can hear the narrator in my head. Very much like that of the old movies. The ending is a bit flat and needed more depth, but the author was writing for children, and at bedtime, sometimes all a child needs is a happy ending and a lesson learned.
    The illustrations reminded me of some of the Random House books I used to read as a child. And original Enid Blyton book illustrations. I quite like this book. Thank you for having this in your library.

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