In 1939, Montgomery Ward in Chicago asked one of its admen, Robert L. May,  to write a story for the department store’s own children’s book. The original story was illustrated by Denver L. Gillen.

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In 1939, Montgomery Ward in Chicago asked one of its admen, Robert L. May,  to write a story for the department store's own children's book. The original story was illustrated by Denver L. Gillen. ...