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USPS commemorates favorite children’s book animals on stamps

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Children's storybook fans will be delighted now that cherished characters from children's literature are featured on the "Favorite Children's Book Animals" commemorative stamp pane. The 16-stamp pane, bearing eight children's storybook characters on 39-cent First-Class stamps, was issued today at The University of Findlay's Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio. As host city to the dedication ceremony, Findlay holds the unique distinction of being the only city in the nation where the stamps are available today. The stamps will be available nationwide at Post Offices and Philatelic Centers Wed., Jan. 11.

Two of the stamps-Maisy ("Maisy's ABC" by Lucy Cousins, 1994 in the United Kingdom and 1995 in the U.S.) and The Very Hungry Caterpillar ("The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle, 1969 and 1987)-appear on the "Animal Tales" stamp sheet also issued today in London by Royal Mail.

The stamps also depict Curious George ("Curious George Flies A Kite" by Margret and H.A. Rey, 1958); Fox in Socks ("Fox in Socks" by Dr. Seuss, 1965); Frederick ("Frederick" by Leo Lionni, 1967); Olivia ("Olivia" by Ian Falconer, 2000); Wilbur ("Charlotte's Web" written by E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams, 1952) and Wild Thing ("Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak, 1963).

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