TOMAYA: A Story with Pictures – Arthur Kubler & Roseanna Hoover, 1971 HC


Tomaya with story and pictures by Arthur Kubler, translated by Roseanna Hoover. From Atheneum with 1971 copyright.

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About the Story
It’s nearly the end of summer. Stephen, Barbara, Maya and Tommy are daydreaming about what they would do if they didn’t have to return to school. Stephen wants to be a sailor and command a submarine. Barbara wants to fly to the South Seas where it’s warm and she can swim all year around. Maya is happy to stay put but would like to have her own home and car. Tommy wants to be a pumpkin farmer. The others laughed, but Tommy’s wish was grand. He had huge pumpkins. One day he ran to find his friends to have them come see the pumpkin bigger than a car. Maya says they should hollow it out and make a house. Barbara suggests they have a party inside. Stephen helps cut a window and door. They think about a name for the house. They finally decide on Tomaya because it was Tommy’s pumpkin but Maya’s desire for it to be a house. After gathering food, they had a feast inside the pumpkin house. When a storm came — the pumpkin rolled down a hill and into a river where it floated through their village and beyond. Late in the afternoon is floated onto a lake where a a big fish attacked the vessel and poked a hole in the bottom. Water was coming in and sunk the pumpkin. Maya used the tablecloth to plug the hole but it also wound itself around a plant which anchored the pumpkin to the bottom of the lake. Tommy began to get hungry and looked around for something to eat. All that was left was the pumpkin. He ate — and so did his friends — until the pumpkin was little more than a round thin skin. To finish the meal, Maya gathered up a bit more pumpkin and heated it over a  candle with some of the water on the floor which gave them more room to sit. Soon they were asleep. Tommy was the first to wake. His foot caught in the hole in the pumpkin. As the others helped him get free, they were also freed from the bottom of the lake and the warm air from the candles made the pumpkin rise like a hot air balloon. They left the water and were floating in the air. Tomaya moved with the wind. Soon they saw familiar things and people. They managed to snag the church steeple with a pennant clothes line they had — and with the help of the firemen’s ladder, were able to get down from the balloon. Everyone was so happy to see them. The children were pulling the balloon down so that everyone could see it when there was an enormous bang and Tomaya exploded over their heads. A bird had pecked at it and burst the skin. Tommy shrieked and rubbed his eyes. Why were the other laughing? Why did Stephen have a burst paper bag in his hand? Had the voyage been real? Or simply a very good wish?

Publishing Info
Tomaya with story and pictures by Arthur Kubler, translated by Roseanna Hoover. From Atheneum with 1971 copyright. This hardcover book measures 11-7/8″ x 8-3/4″ and has 24 pages.

See photo above. The cover has some edge wear and light warping. The binding is strong and square. The pages are in very good condition. Former school classroom book with the usual markings and card pocket inside. Ink child’s drawing on back free end-paper. From clean, smoke-free home.

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