New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1969. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's illustrated paper-covered boards, original illustrated dust jacket.
"One of my incentives for getting into writing children's books was the great and disastrous need for books that black children could honestly relate to. I ignorantly created precedents by writing such a book. I was amazed to find that no one had successfully written a book in the dialogue which black children speak" (Steptoe on writing Stevie). Award-winning children's book author and illustrator John Steptoe's signature work. Steptoe began working on Stevie, which tells the story of a young Black boy who first resents and then regrets the loss of a younger boarder who was "kind of like a brother," when he was a high school student at the New York School of Design, and was barely 19 years old when Life magazine printed the book in its entirety in its August 29th, 1969 issue. It was quickly picked up and published by Harper and Row, vaulting the artist into the limelight and garnering him critical acclaim. After Stevie won the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators in 1970 (the first in a long list of awards he would receive), Steptoe went on to have a prolific career, authoring and illustrating books that dealt with experiences, issues, and concerns specific to the Black community. Steptoe was also highly regarded for his jubilant illustrations, which utilize dark outlines and wide swatches of bright paint executed in a soft smudged style. Bookplate. Light shelfwear to boards; price-clipped dust jacket with two small closed tears to bottom edge of upper panel and light soiling overall. Very good. Item #2667