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Whittlesey House of McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York City, New York, 1953. 111 pp.
Illustrations by Robert G. Henneberger.
  Beatinest Boy  
  The Beatinest Boy is the first actual book written for children by Jesse Stuart. It recounts the story of the orphaned David, who moves in with Grandma Beverly. David soon comes to love his grandmother. As Christmas nears, he wants to buy her a present, but he can’t bring himself to kill the possums for their skins. Then with Christmas just days away he suddenly thinks of a present that he can make for her that has been right there all along.

Stuart began his first children’s book somewhat reluctantly for his publisher, fleshing out a short story, “Christmas in the Valley.” He could not come up with a good title, until his wife suggested The Beatinest Boy. It proved to be a successful venture, becoming the first of nine more stories for children.


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