“Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world.”
The Poky Little Puppy (A Little Golden Book) is a classic, and in fact, some serious fodder for nostalgia for almost everyone in the United States who was born after World War II. For a snarky perspective on this type of children’s book, check out this Slate article, “Why So Poky?”
The Little Golden Book series was first published in 1942 by Simon & Schuster, and The Poky Little Puppy was one of the first 12 books they printed. This series was created to be the most affordable and durable children’s books available, and it was a winning concept: three editions totaling 1.5 million books sold out within five months of publication.
The Poky Little Puppy was written by Janette Sebring Lowrey and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren.
The specific listing that has been popular today is for a hardcover copy from 1944 with an uncommon dustjacket, and is listed by Appledore Books, ABAA.