The Missing Piece.

"Hi-dee-ho, here I go, Lookin' for my missin' piece": First edition of Shel Silverstein's The Missing Piece; inscribed by him with an original drawing

The Missing Piece.



Item Number: 135135

New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1976.

First edition of Silverstein’s classic work, published by Ursula Nordstrom. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the pastedown and front free endpaper “For Frank – Thank you for making the road less rocky – And thank you for believing in this book ~ Love Shel.” Silverstein has added a drawing of the book’s protagonist rolling along on a level path. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket.

"It was missing a piece. And it was no happy. So it set off in search of its missing piece. And as it rolled it sang this song - Oh, I'm lookin' for my missin' piece, I'm lookin' for my missin' piece, Hi-dee-ho, here I go lookin' for my missin' piece. What is finds on its search for the missing piece is simply and touchingly told in this fable that gently probes the nature of quest and fulfillment. Published by Ursula Nordstrom, who transformed the nature of American children's books with such milestones as E. B. White’s Stuart Little (1945) and Charlotte’s Web (1952), Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon (1947), Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy (1964), and Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree (1964).

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