Saturday, October 15, 2005

Don't Be Mad At Your Stomach!

This post is in honor of one of the greatest childrens' books of all time. You're thinking "Silverstein" or maybe "Seuss" right? WRONG. Circa 1970, Ross Laboratories published the orange hardcover Minnie the Mump and Other Stories, by Paul Tripp. Illustrated by Trina Hyman. My mom worked in a doctor's office, and so we had the book.

About a month ago, I wanted the book. I think it was directly related to my hospital emergency, like I needed that book to show how much better off I was since I didn't have any visitors like:

Herman German Measles
Miss Scarlet Fever
Charlie the Chicken Pox
Molly Measles

or of course, the star, Minnie the Mump.

I couldn't find the book in my mom's basement. I called my sister, and she didn't have it. My brother, who is four years younger than me, making him 11 years younger than my sister, doesn't even remember the book. So I turned to my pal ebay, and $12 later, that childhood classic was in my hot little hands.

The illustrations are so much better than I remember them! Oh how I love this book. It's an important historical record, too - since my nephews (ages 3,5,11, and 13) will barely touch chicken pox, and have probably never even heard of German Measles. Heck, I'm 32 years old and they were practically obsolete when I was a kid.

So, for your enjoyment, my favorite illustration from the book. Have a fantastic weekend!

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