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The Magic Herb

ISBN: 9781733223256
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Dorothy Burroughes
Illustrator: Dorothy Burroughes
Pages: 64
Trim: 9 x 7 inches
Published: 7/13/2021

Baby Badger is very sick, so sick that his brothers, Light-foot, Quick-ears, and Bright-eyes, have only one hope to save him—the legendary Magic Herb, which grows in the ruins of an old monastery on top of a mountain on the Magic Isle. Nobody who has dared to search for the Magic Herb has ever returned—but that doesn't discourage Light-foot, Quick-ears, and Bright-eyes, who are willing to rely on their virtues, face the unknown, and do what they know is right . . . even if it might be impossible.


Dorothy Burroughes was one of the finest poster- and printmakers in the early twentieth century, who also wrote and illustrated some of the most unusual and hopeful tales for children in the 1930s and 1940s. Not only did she provide delightful stories for children, employing animals anthropomorphically to address diverse situations and problems that humans encountered, but she also had a unique approach to portraying animals—she viewed them as more humane than humans and devised plots that showed how they resolved most of their dilemmas peacefully, not violently through battles and wars. Through her works, Burroughes displays her own remarkable creativity and morality as an artist who deserves more of our attention.

Jack Zipes is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his scholarly work, he is an active storyteller in public schools and has written fairy tales for children and adults. In his happy retirement he founded a small publishing house called Little Mole and Honey Bear. Some of his recent publications include: Tales of Wonder: Retelling Fairy Tales through Picture Postcards (2017), Fearless Ivan and His Faithful Horse Double-Hump (2018), The Hundred Riddles of the Fairy Bellaria (2018), Slap-Bam, The Art of Governing Men: Édouard Laboulaye's Political Fairy Tales (2018), The Giant Ohl and Tiny Tim (2019), Johnny Breadless (2020), and Hermynia zur Mühlen's The Castle of Truth and Other Revolutionary Tales (2020). His new mission in life is to unbury dead and neglected authors of fantasy and to create conditions for a better world.

See Dorothy Burroughes other book Teddy the Little Refugee Mouse