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Kids Say The Darndest Things, by Art Linkletter
Illustrated by Charles Schultz
Introduction by Walt Disney Hardcover Book
1st Edition 10th Printing Prentice Hall Publisher

Weighs 14 ounces Measures 8x5 inches

Condition: Very Good. Solid Clean copy with crisp text and clear illustrations.
Yellow cover shows a bit of age and shelf wear, has bumped corners. Former owner sticker neatly placed inside front cover.

"IF was i an elefunk, I'd be a fireman, 'cause then
I could squirt fires out with my nose."
That's how it all began back in 1941, with the voice of
a four year old boy on my radio show in San Francisco.
"I got a pet spider in a box that eats butterflies," the
boy confided. "I know he eats 'em because I put one in at
night and he had it for breakfast 'cause there was nothing
left in the morning but a big pile of butterfly bones!"
The child was my little son, Jack, talking via a tape
recording I'd made earlier during a "Candid Mike" session
at home. Just for fun, I had inserted some of Jack's child­
ish prattling into my late evening show. Much to my sur­
prise, the station was bombarded with mail. The amusing
thoughts and word pictures conjured up by a very young,
unfettered little mind had fascinated the listeners, and
they wrote in demanding more. Naturally, I obliged.
For a while I was able to supply the program with the
ad libs and unconscious humor arising from my own grow­
ing family of five youngsters. But I soon realized that if

the funny sayings of children were to become a regu^
feature of my broadcasts, I'd have to widen my source of
supply and let the producer-niy wife, Lois-get some rest
outside the maternity ward.
By now I've interviewed some 15,000 of other people
youngsters on my daily CBS "House Party" show. And
this book is the fruit of years of patient collecting of their
spontaneous efforts.
Why are the thoughts of children so delightful to us
grown-ups? I think it's because of the vast gulf between
their world and ours. Where we adults see the tired old
commonplace of everyday life, these "babes" see a fresh­
ness, a wonderland waiting to be explored. They are wiser
than we, in a way . . . because we have forgotten the
magic of things, the wonder all around us.
Children make a special kind of sense all their own. For
example, when Mother sternly admonishes that "we are
here on earth to help other people," it's only logical that
a child's immediate question be: "Then what are the other
people here for?" And when another child hears Mother
tell Dad, "the grass is always greener in the other fellow's
yard," the child naturally assumes "the other fellow is
using better fertilizer."
The kids we interview on "House Party" axe chosen from
public schools in Los Angeles by their teachers and prin­
cipals, not by my staff. The Los Angeles City Board of
Education has granted its official approval to these visits
as an educational project. A qualified, fully trained teacher
is employed by us to visit each school in turn and bring
the youngsters to the program.
And, oh, yes, there's one more important thing to men­
tion. My staff and I do not tell the children what to think,
what to say, or how to say it. We couldn't come up with

these priceless remarks in a thousand years. The kids
couldn't be taught to say them. And we wouldn't have the
nerve to let them!
It s been fun writing this book, laughing once more over
the brightest and funniest lines the kids have tossed at me
through the years.
They've all been put down here exactly as the kids said
them. This is not a collection of "smart cracks" by "quiz
kids" or professional youngsters. It's a sampler of uncon­
sciously funny, everyday thoughts and reactions of ordi­
nary kids—if you can call any kid "ordinary"—kids just
like the ones who live round the corner from your house—
or maybe in it.

Kids Say The Darndest Things, Art Linkletter 1st Edition Charles Schultz Walt Disney Hardcover Book 10th Printing Prentice Hall


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