Here’s the treasure I found in the used book section of the thrift store.
Isn’t it great?! I think that my family had a copy of this book when I was a child.
Mom, is that right?
I have a memory of the first page with Guliver tied down by the people my son calls “Little-putians”.
The book was adapted by Edward Cunningham and published by Hallmark Children’s Editions, but the glory goes to Michael R. Hague who did the illustrations and to Howard Lohnes who was in charge of Paper Mechanics. There is no copyright date on the book.
The story hits a few Gulliver’s highlights while in Lilliput:
Gulliver stretching out a handkerchief so that soldiers could ride their horses around in the air.
Gulliver peeking into the windows of the Imperial Palace.
Gulliver stealing the enemies boats.
Here Gulliver is receiving the honorary title of Nadac for his heroic deeds.
And this is where the children’s version veers off from the original text. It seems that Gulliver missed his family. (Who knew?) The emperor was sad to have Gulliver leave, but he ordered a boat be built for the giant man’s voyage home. I guess the parts about poisoning him and putting out his eyes weren’t appropraite for a children’s pop-up book.
“For weeks, Gulliver stood watch by the sea, hoping to catch sight of an English vessel. And finally his prayers were answered. Calling the Lilliputians together, he thanked them for their friendship and bid them a fond farewell.
“Good Luck, Man Mountain!” said the emperor.
“And God bless you always!” added the empress.
Then, as ten thousand Lilliputians waved and cheered, Gulliver hurried out to meet the ship that would carry him safely back to his home.”
So, the original ending of Part 1 is missing from this version, as is Gulliver from this page’s pop-up. The white parts on this page show where Gulliver used to be. For the twenty-five cents I paid for the book, I’ll just imagine Gulliver stepping into the vessel waving good-bye to the little people.
What classic novels are hiding on your children’s bookshelves?