Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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This is simultaneously the most hilarious and touching story I've heard lately. And the hippo is named "Owen"? Now that is funny! Thanks for finding and sharing this one...


What a wonderful post and the photos add so much to it. When you see Love animating the hippo and the tortoise, the world becomes an even more marvelous place.


Very kewl, amba. Thanks for the photos. it reminds me of Sid the sloth and Pinky, the human baby in Ice Age:*He's starting to look like me, don't you think?*

Sissy Willis

I love this story . . . 'blogged about it myself awhile back:

Love is blind

The article linked (no longer available) in my post said "Owen's relationship with the Aldabran tortoise named Mzee, Swahili for old man, may end soon. The sanctuary plans to place Owen with Cleo, a lonely female hippo." As I commented then:

"A big mistake. He's already met the love of his life. Why can't they just leave him alone?"


Bloody social engineers, always think they know better! It would be tragic to separate those two.

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