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The Steam Roller
By Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Bob Staake
Little Golden Books
Random House
2017
ISBN 10: 0399556532
ISBN 13: 978-0399556531
 
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Behind The Pages With Bob:

"I was quite literally raised on Ms. Brown's stories, so when Random House asked me to illustrate 'The Steam Roller' as a Little Golden Book, I was flat-out honored. ('Flat-out' - get it?)"

-- Bob Staake

 

In the opening scene a cremation urn can be seen sitting on the fireplace mantle. Originally written across it was "Nana", but was omitted prior to publication.

A pig, man and a fish are shown flattened by the steam roller. This is likely the only time a you'll ever see that in a Little Golden Book.

The little girl wakes on Christmas morning but doesn;t find any presents under the tree -- just an old dog bone.

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Summary:

To celebrate Golden Books' 75th anniversary: a little-known Christmas tale by the author of Goodnight Moon is now a Little Golden Book that'll keep readers smiling all year long.

Once there was a little girl. It was Christmas and her mother and father gave her a steam roller. . . .

Celebrated illustrator Bob Staake brings his comic genius to Margaret Wise Brown's hilarious story about a girl who's given nothing for Christmas except a giant steam roller. She gamely sets out to drive it despite not knowing how, and squashes everyone in her way--including her mean old aunt, her teacher, and a policeman. Dismayed to see everyone as flat as a shadow, she informs her parents, who immediately present her with a giant steam shovel to scoop everyone up with. Soon everyone has been scooped back to normal, and a wonderful Christmas is had by all.

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