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years old she began to talk to her
mother of a queer lot of creatures
whom she numbered among her
fanciful friends. There was the
"Kiddikee" and the "Hitchpen
ny" and the 'Lowdge" and 17
other animals Joan was almost
continually talking to her mother,
telling her what they said, what
they did, what they looked like
and what recent adyentures they
had passed .through. No butter
fly lover ever knew his butter
flies better than Joan knew her
animals; no biologist ever had
surer information about insects
than Joan had about her friends.
For instance, she never changed
a description of an animal. The
"Kiddikee" had 19 Tegs. One day
her mother, in writing down what
Joan was telling of her friends
for in this manner the boolc was
written mentioned,' 20 legs for
the kiddikee. Whereupon Joan
actually cried, and declared that
my kiddikee " has 19 legs.
The "Hitchpenny" is the only
bird in Joan's imaginary zoo.
In preparing the book the pub
lisher secured the services of an
artist to draw pictures of Joan's
friends. When they showed her
the picture of the "Hitchpenny'
Joan burst into tears-.
"Don't you know you can't see
a 'Hjtchpehny?' she cried. "No
body ever really sees one. That
isn't my 'Hitchpenny.'"
Joan "Lowdge" is an extreme
ly interesting and. wondrous
She. told her mother this about
it, never onceduring a whole
year, changing her description :
"He's purple, and ugly. He runs
very fast; faster than a doggie;
quicker than the quickest animal ;
quicker than the giraffe; quicker
than the hare; quicker than a bird.
He throws his legs up very high.
He has only two legs, but there
is a large space between each. His
toes are turned up when he runs,
and he turns them down when he
has finished. He likes to run
along the little streams because
he can never catch them."
The "Hibbertoo" is her best
"I can see him," she says, "but
nobody else can, though, of
course, you can think you can.
We go to palaces dt night and
have long talks with the kings.
VA11 the Icings like 'Hibbertoo,'
'cos he is very wise. He likes
smiley faces.' We always stay to
breakfastr with the kings, but
'Hibbertoo' always brings me
back to bed at 6 o'clock. When
you come in my room at night
and think I'm lying in bed, I'm
not. It's only 'Hibbertoo' mak
ing you think I'm there. 'Hib:
Ibertoo' doesn't have any mamma,
But all the other animals help
him, wheneyer he needs it, and
that makes it very nice for him."
y Tohn Murray, the puDiisner,
read the manuscript on the day
he first received it; -the second
day he wrote to Joaji's mathec
that "it -was an astonishing pro
duction," and he wanted to pub-
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