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60th Anniversary Edition Cover

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Jerry Naftaly pays tribute to author Esther  Meeks and her classic 1959 children's book, The Hill That Grew. This 60th Anniversary Edition  reproduces the original illustrations and adds newspaper articles and photos from the 1960s to 2019.

Award Winner

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This book received  a "Finalist Award" from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association, presented May, 2019.

Actual Illustrations Page 4-5

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Original illustrations from the 1959 book have been reproduced.  This is the true story of how the hill in Oak Park, Michigan was formed by dumping the dirt from excavated basements of the new homes in the 1950s.

Actual Illustration, Page 19

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Dick's father and Tom's father went to see Mr. Mayor

THE OAK PARK NEWS 1968

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Newspaper articles have been reproduced, with appreciation to the Detroit Free Press, Daily Tribune and Oak Park News.

Photographs of the hill and activities

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Grace Naftaly, the author's Mother, holds a Naftaly hat with bumper sticker during a 4th of July Parade. With the hill in the background, Shirley Friedman, seated and Shelia Levine (waving) are pictured on page 47.  The author's Dad, Bill Naftaly is shown on page 40.