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Issue Details: First known date: 1955... 1955 The Bad-Tempered Collar Stud
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A boy named Robert loses his collar stud. The stud is "bad-tempered" and jumps into the toe of Robert's slipper where it can't be found. Robert is late for school and gets into trouble. Eventually he kicks his slipper in frustration and finds his stud. The parts of Robert's shirt then have a discussion about their respective roles in serving Robert, and how the collar stud was selfish to neglect its position. The shirt then reflects that their discussion might be a lesson to girls and boys about working together.

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    y separately published work icon Animal Talk and Other Stories for Boys and Girls Neville Smith , Melbourne : Cheshire , 1955 Z1500460 1955 selected work children's fiction children's 'Here are twenty-five stories that have escaped from life - that is, the kind of life that most normal Australian boys and girls lead. In them, everyday life become involved with strange things and happenings. Magic comes creeping in when least expected; fairies and sprites appear; animals and objects indulge in conversations; dreams take the oddest turns. But, though there may be a friendly lion in a story, or a sea maid, or a flame fairy who can only speak in rhyme, in every case the central person is a normal Australian girl or boy.' (Inside dust jacket) Melbourne : Cheshire , 1955 pg. 75-77
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