New York: The Crowell-Collier Press, 1963. 1st Edition. Small folio, publisher's pictorial reinforced library cloth, light blue endpapers.
Winner of numerous poetry awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1954, highly regarded American poet Theodore Roethke's writing is characterized by his innovative form and transcendental elements. In Party at the Zoo, a charming fantasia for children similar in style to Lewis Caroll and Edward Lear, Roethke's inimitable and enchanting rhythm shines through. Published as part of the Modern Masters Books for Children, a series of books for early readers by fellow midcentury authors such as Arthur Miller, Shirley Jackson, John Ciardi and Robert Graves, under the editorship of poet Louis Untermeyer. Illustrated in warm, earthy palette by children's book artist Al Swiller. Issued without dust jacket. Fine. Item #1660