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Sylvia Plath is known for many things: her collections of poetry, her mental health struggles and her famous novel, The Bell Jar. But you might not know about Plath’s more playful side: she wrote two books for kids which published decades after her death.

Plath wrote her first children’s book, The It-Doesn’t-Matter Suit, just before her first child was born in 1959. It tells the story of a little boy, Max Nix, who mysteriously receives his dream suit in the mail. It’s a yellow outfit perfect for every occasion, from riding his bike in the rain to conversing with alley cats.

In 1976 Plath’s The Bed Book was published more than a decade after her death. Written for her own children, these poems about different kinds of magical beds. The original version is illustrated by Quentin Blake, whose illustrations for Roald Dahl and Dr. Seuss are well-known.

Image from Sylvia Plath's bed book: a bed for fishing, a bed for cats, a bed for a troupe of acrobats

IMAGES FROM SYLVIA PLATH’S ‘THE BED BOOK’

One warning: Plath afficionados might be willing to shell out the $41.21 minimum the book now costs. Others may want to stick with Goodnight Moon.

source: brainpickings.org

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