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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Three cheers for Hogan...........this is something often seen in nature.........animals just know when to take of the child without it's natural dam and cross's so naturally beautiful.


I received copies of these pictures awhile back - our dog Nyssa is the same breed - Rhodesian Ridgeback. (Wonderful breed ... but I guess everyone says that of their dog, breed or mutt.)

There has been some interesting research done on the universal features of infant faces (large, wide-set eyes for one) that provoke a natural protective response in adult animals, especially females. This research has been used to explain the adult female gorilla taking "protective custody" of a human child who fell into her zoo enclosure, and other such incidents.


Given the nature of dogs, my guess is that there is also a universal infant smell.

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