First printing, the story of an ostrich who aids American troops in North Africa and becomes a spy to stop the Nazis on his home soil.
Very good in very good jacket.
YUSSUF THE OSTRICH
"Thinking that Yussuf was just a silly ostrich and not a bird of rare intelligence, the general paid no attention to him..."
After capture by the Nazis, Yussuf is scorned by his village when he appears to be helping the enemy. In reality, he spies on the officers, then escapes with the help of German dachshunds (who are apparently not Nazis). A wartime publication, this book is rare in nice condition with the dust jacket.
New York: Published by the Hyperion Press / Distributed by G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1943). 10.75'' x 7''. Original blue pictorial paper boards with black spine. In original price-clipped light blue pictorial dust jacket. Color pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Kelen with 24 pages of color lithographs and 24 pages with black-and-white lithographs (using the Gloeckner process).  pages. Light toning to boards, primarily at edges. Jacket exceptionally well preserved with faint toning to edges and spine, slight wear to spine head, and a few shallow closed tears, tape repair to verso.
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