|Harry and Jeanette posed during their 25th wedding anniversary party at home, August 1968. Two months later, Harry submitted the "verse-story" below for publication. I wonder what (or who) inspired him.|
We’ve seen many examples of Harry's creative poems, as well as why he wrote them -- to tell stories both real and fiction, to persuade others, to stir imaginations, and just for fun. But did you know he wrote at least one for children? Neither did I, until I saw it in a stack of short stories in a musty old box. Harry sent "The Alphabet Game" to at least two publishers: Authors and Publishers’ Service in Flushing, NY, and Harper & Row in New York City. Here's his submission to the latter.
October 24, 1968
Dear Miss Nordstrom:
Enclosed is a short Verse-Story for your consideration and possible publication. I have tried it on several pre-school children and they were delighted with it. Suitably illustrated, I believe it would be quite appealing. Though I cannot provide the artwork myself, I have several ideas about illustrations.
Please let me know if you think it worth pursuing, or if you would be interested in receiving more such material for a juvenile audience.
Harry M. Zubkoff
|I didn't see a rejection letter, but it looks like "The Alphabet Game" ended up in the soup.|
Stay tuned; next week I'll post a writing that surprised me more than this one.