Little Corpuscle

Little Corpuscle coverLittle Corpuscle: A Story About Blood
Kidder
1965

Submitter: We are a technical college library and are weeding our Early Childhood Education collection comprised mainly of picture books.  I came upon this title in my report and wasn’t sure I was reading it correctly.  I went to the bib record, and, yes, that was the title.  The subject listed in the bib was “Blood – juvenile literature.”  Curiosity got the best of me and I pulled the book.  I just about died when I saw the cover.  It looks like we acquired the title in 1975 and it has apparently only circulated three times – 1984, 1988, and 2010.  I had to share this little gem.

Holly: So glad you did! It’s so vintage-chic I can’t even stand it! The crayon drawings, the happy faces painted on the corpuscles, the little shorts and hats they are wearing…it’s all very 1960s. It’s mostly useless in a technical college library without an Early Childhood Education program, so good call on weeding it there, Submitter.

Just for kicks, enjoy “Do The Circulation” from Schoolhouse Rock!

Little Corpuscle a Story About Blood

Little corpuscle is a red blood cell

corpuscles carry oxygen

white corpuscles fight infection

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10 comments

  1. All those blood cells with knobby knees, striped shorts, and buckle shoes are just adorable.

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  2. I kind of love this. Definitely not the right book for the submitter’s library, but still all kinds of ridiculous vintage awesome.

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  3. Trying to educate kids about blood cells while being as non-squeamish as possible. Even when they mention pus. Times sure have changed. 🙂

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  4. Have to admit to buying this, probably at a library sale, for my girls in the late ’90s. Don’t know it he made the cut to be stored in the attic,

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  5. not knowing what a corpuscle is off the top of my head, I thought the book was about practicing safer sex & that cover image was a condom.

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