Mary Pfaff, acclaimed as “the Beatrix Potter of Hawaii,” was born about 1875 in Brockton, Minnesota. At the age of twenty-two, she moved to Hawaii to work at the Hawaiian Gazette. There she met and married local businessman William Apana. Mary wrote and illustrated the Alice Mongoose stories to entertain their young daughter Mildred. William arranged to have Mary’s delightful sketches and stories printed as hardcover books. With this reissue of the original stories, a new generation of children can enjoy Alice and Alistair’s adventures on Hawaii’s Hamakua Coast.
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