[New York]: [Coordinating Council of French Relief Societies], . Oblong volume, measuring 5.5 x 8.5 inches: . Pale blue comb binding, original color-lithographed pictorial wrappers, printed foreword followed by nineteen lithographed pages, including seven full-page color illustrations. Light offsetting from color lithographs to facing pages.
First and only edition of this wartime fundraiser produced by schoolchildren at the École Maternelle Publique Richelandière in Saint-Étienne, France, with a foreword by Andre Maurois. Written and designed by “a class of children from five to six years,” the illustrated tale follows a brave American vitamin drop who crosses the ocean to provide aid to the children of unoccupied France. At the climax, having taken a train to Saint-Étienne and walked to school, the vitamin drop dives into the mouth of a hungry child. This vibrant little book was printed in New York and sold to raise money for the Coordinating Council of French Relief Societies. A fine copy of an ephemeral production, “signed” in the stone by the children who were its creators.