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Deep in the woods near a lily-pond is a rugged oak tree. The busy woodpeckers and squirrels, the orioles and the family of fishing raccoons, the wild honey bees, a deaf old owl and a watchful groundhog have all made this tree their home.

The oak tree families are all so busy, finding food and bringing up the children, that, even though they share the same happy home, they scarcely know each other.

One day, however, for across the pond comes Tarrux, the savage black beaver-so wicked that not even his brother beavers will have anything to do with him. He has destroyed all the trees on his side of the pond, and now he starts to gnaw on the old oak tree.

The animals of the oak tree are too busy with their own affairs to pay attention to the warnings of Ilgamoot, the groundhog, who realizes their danger and begs them to come down and drive Tarrux away.

But Tarrux gnaws on, for no one believes that he really means to destroy their home. Not until it is almost too late do the animals realize their danger and that there is only one way to save their home.

"The Secret of the Ancient Oak" by Wolo tells how the animals finally drove away the wicked black beaver so that they might live happily ever after.

This is a first edition of this timely children's story. It was published in 1942 by William Morrow and company. The cover is bright orangish red cloth with blue lettering and an illustration of the owl and the squirrel.

There are both full color illustrations and black and white drawings all done by Wolo, the author.

This is a really hard book to find and it's rarely found with the dust jacket intact. The author, Baron Wolf von Trutzschler, emigrated to America to escape Hitler and wrote this book as an anti-fascism allegory about the need for the allies to unite in order to defeat Hitler and Nazism.

Condition; The dust jacket is worn and torn, especially along the edges and the spine. The previous owner wrote her name on the inside flap of the dust jacket and there is a gift inscription on the title page. The binging is tight and the pages are nice and clean with bright illustrations.

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1942 The Secret of the Ancient Oak by Wolo 1st Edition Book with Dust Jacket


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