New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008. Single volume, measuring 10 x 10 inches: . Original red blindstamped boards, blue spine lettered in gilt, ochre endpapers. Original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Color illustrations throughout text. Signed by author on title page, some ink from signature transferred to front free endpaper.
First edition of Uri Shulevitz’s tale of his childhood experience as a refugee, when his Jewish family fled east to Turkestan from Warsaw during World War II. One day, his father returns from the bazaar with a world map instead of food, launching his young son into an imaginary adventure, transporting him to the exotic places named on the map: “And so I spent enchanted hours far, far from our hunger and misery. I forgave my father. He was right, after all.” Author Shulevitz won the Caldecott Medal in 1969 for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, and Caldecott Honors for The Treasure (1979), Snow (1999), and How I Learned Geography (2009). A fine signed copy.