Maggie and Milly and Molly and May
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book, with jacket
36 pages, fully illustrated
Poem by E. E. Cummings
Size: 7 x 7 in.
What do four little girls discover when they spend an afternoon by the sea? Maggie, a shell; Milly, a star; Molly, a “horrible thing;” and May, a smooth round stone. This seemingly simple story by American poet Edward Estlin Cummings (1894–1962), showcasing his signature quirky style, is delightful as well as profound. Readers will enjoy the day at the beach for its innate pleasures, but on contemplation may realize that objects encountered by the girls reflect parts of themselves. Marcia Perry’s bright, engaging illustrations enhance the poem with her playful and introspective portraits of the characters; her beach setting sings with the ocean tide and the seagulls’ squawks.