DOROTHY KUNHARDT (1901-1979) was an influential American author of books designed for small children, best known for her interactive Pat the Bunny (1940), the best-selling American children's book of all time and the second-best-selling children's book in the United States after Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Her first book, Junket Is Nice, appeared in 1933 and was soon followed by other children's classics, including Now Open the Box, Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather, Brave Mr. Buckingham, and Tiny Animal Stories. Kunhardt wrote nearly fifty books in all, including (with her son, Philip B. Kunhardt Jr.) Twenty Days, an account of the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination, and several other historical works about nineteenth-century America.
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