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Don Freeman was a popular midcentury cartoonist, illustrator and author who is probably best known for his 1968 award-winning book Corduroy. Come Again, Pelican is a 1961 book written and illustrated by Freeman that tells the tale of Ty, a little boy who goes fishing on his own for the first time. He naturally messes up a bit, but Mr. Pelican helps him out.

Freeman illustrates in that classic midcentury style, and check out the photos for his illustration of the awesome camper that Ty and his parents are staying in during their beach visit. This book has the 1961 copyright date, but was probably published around 1964 to 1967, as Freeman's book Dandelion is mentioned last in the listing of his books. Dandelion was published in 1964, and Freeman did not publish another book until 1967.

This book was published by Viking Press as a part of the Scott, Foresman Invitations to Personal Reading Program. It is 11 x 9 and 44 pages long, with most of the pages dominated by Freeman's large, colorful illustrations.

An uncommon little midcentury book, this copy is exceptionally clean and tight and a great addition to your collection, or it would be a fantastic gift for a pelican lover!


This book is in excellent condition. The exterior is uncommonly clean for a book its age, with only a hint of bumping at the tips. This book was owned by a school, but the only evidence of this is a stamp on the title page, and a place inside the back cover where the stamp was colored over with a black magic marker. The interior is extremely clean and tight, with no other marks, rips, or tears. The book seems virtually unused.

Come Again, Pelican - Don Freeman - Excellent condition - Mid-1960s copy - Uncommon


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Material: hardcover book
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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