Breath of the Veld. A Story or a Play
(Illustrated by Messrs Coster & Somerville, Bloemfontein, no date). . Original paper over limp boards, somewhat worn and soiled; pp. 154; illustrations; synopsis of story pasted to title page. Good internally; fair condition over-all. "A little girl, afraid of the outside world, seeks comfort in her bedroom behind closed doors and in company with her toys and nurse. 'Breath of the Veld' swings open the door and begs her to come out into the beautiful veld. The little girl reluctantly complies, is reassured by 'Breath of the Veld,' and meets the spirits of some of the veld animals and birds. On certain conditions a badge, consisting of a silver star, is presented by 'Breath of the Veld' to each little veld spirit, but the little girl is not permitted to have one, as she cannot fulfil the conditions. The little girl soon learns that, except for the blighting effects of plague and drought, there is nothing to fear in the veld. She returns happily to bed with only one regret - that unlike her little veld friends, she has not been presented with a silver star. She dispenses with the services of her nurse, requires no night light, and asks that the door, through which she can see the veld, should be left open. She falls peacefully to sleep. In the dim light 'Breath of the Veld' steals in, silently bids her new child good-night, and fixes the much coveted badge (which the little girl has just won) on to her little white nightgown." Very scarce South African children's book, published circa 192-?.
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N° du livre: 1984
GBP 8.50 [Appr.: EURO 9.5 | CHF 10.5]