BIRD IN THE HAND


First Published circa 1959(?) by Collins

Illustrated by Gilbert Dunlop
Title drawing by Gilbert Dunlop
Title drawing by Gilbert Dunlop
from The Wizard Story Book
A short story.

London girl Sally is recovering from a road accident when she failed to save the life of her kitten and was herself hit by the milk lorry.

An injured Swallow lands on her window-sill and Sally regains her interest in life.

The story was broadcast on children's radio in the summer of 1958.

First edition:
The story appears in the Collins Children's Annual 1959 between pages 17 and 27 with illustrations by Gilbert Dunlop.

This might be the first edition; initially I had a date of c.1952.

Collins Children's Annual 1959
Collins Children's Annual 1959

Reprinted:

'The Wizard Story Book' containing the short story 'Bird in the Hand'
The Wizard Story Book cover
The Children's Press circa 1962:
in The Wizard Story Book pages 17-27 with illustrations by Gilbert Dunlop

NB: There are several other printings with the same title and cover art.
One - marked 'This Edition 1965', and one carrying the inscription dated Christmas 1964 DO NOT have the story included. Others have a small 'label' design of a clown playing a drum labelled A Crackerjack Book on the cover as well. I don't think that any of these have the story in either.
As my copy including the title (and inscribed Xmas 1962 ) has long gone missing I can't tell you about its contents - but if buying - do check first that the story is there. If anyone has a copy including the story - please let me know what the first story of the book is - title and author to help identify editions.

NB: copies with the same cover as shown here which have either the story Gillian's Frock or The Daffodil Farm as first stories do not have Bird in the Hand.


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created Aug 2000
updated April 2002
Last updated 18th December 2017