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The King's Procession by James & Ruth McCrea.

Published by Atheneum in 1963. First edition.


A lovely story. Ineloquently summarized - A king's procession is traveling through the countryside - in the back is Pipin: a stable boy on a skinny old donkey. When the procession goes through town, everyone points at him and laughs. Pipin tries to keep his pride - he's in the king's procession! - but it's hard. Eventually the king hears the jeering and declares that he will give Pipin a white pony to ride. As they continue on, and all the other members of the procession start congratulating Pipin but at the same time demeaning his poor donkey, Pipin starts to feel bad for his pal the donkey. In the end, he decides to keep his old friend even though he isn't the most gorgeous creature to ride on, and the king' gifts him a beautiful new bridle for the donkey and he becomes "the most beautiful bag-of-bones in the whole world."


32 pages / 9.75 x 8 x .3 inches / 24.5 x 20 x .95 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

Ex-library book, so all the trappings of that.

No book jacket.

Wear around the edges of the cover, particularly at the corners. Sticker / tape on the spine.

Stamps, check-out card / pouch on the front endpapers.

Some smudges on the pages throughout. Pen scribbling on one page.

Stamp on the back endpapers.

The circle sticker visible in some of the images has been removed.

The King's Procession by James and Ruth McCrea


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
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