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“The Parrot Girl.” In Naughty Girl’s and Boy’s Magic Transformations

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Title

“The Parrot Girl.” In Naughty Girl’s and Boy’s Magic Transformations

Description

Metamorphic picture books for children date back to the eighteenth century. They usually lacked a narrative and focused instead on often silly interchangeable pairings of animal or human bodies. McLoughlin Brothers improved on this format with its Transformation Toy Books Series, which retailed at thirty-five cents each. These colorful books included full stories with the metamorphic images, creating a “before and after” effect that likely delighted non-readers as well as readers themselves. “The Parrot Girl” shows what happens to children who prattle on, not letting others speak—flip the flap and poor Polly has turned into a parrot. Other pages show what happens to children who experiment with smoking or spend too much time looking in the mirror.
The gift of Herbert H. Hosmer, 1978

Source

“The Parrot Girl.” In Naughty Girl’s and Boy’s Magic Transformations. Transformation Toy Books Series. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1882.

Publisher

McLoughlin Brothers

Date

1882

Identifier

219646

Catalog no. 170

Citation

““The Parrot Girl.” In Naughty Girl’s and Boy’s Magic Transformations,” Radiant With Color, accessed June 26, 2019, http://americanantiquarian.org/radiantwithcolor/items/show/59.