"WHAT IS A BROWNIE?" the child would ask.
As a doll maker for over 40 years I sought to create characters in cloth; rag dolls of people real and imaginary. In the 1980's, towards the end of my career, I was asked to create a line of dolls based on the Palmer Cox Brownie. Always fascinated in the history or story of the characters I attempted to reproduce, I engaged in a long study of the Brownie and Palmer Cox. Children who were given brownies often asked: "What is a brownie?" and I decided to write a little book for children that would help them understand. My story was purely imaginary but would, I hoped, put a child in touch with the myth and allow him or her to imagine what a brownie might be like.
The Return of the Brownies by M.E. Heller and lavishly illustrated by Martha Gradisher is a book for readers 9-12 about the Palmer Cox Brownies.MORE